What are the Rise Mental Health in Schools Team (MHSTs)
MHSTs are sometimes also called Mental Health Support Teams.
The Mental Health in Schools Team is an NHS service that has been introduced as part of the national plans to expand mental health services for children, young people and their families within the education setting.
Working across Coventry and Warwickshire, we are here to provide mental health interventions, advice, and liaison with specialist services to help children and young people get the right support. We work closely with schools to develop their ‘whole school approach’ to mental health and wellbeing.
We support young people who are experiencing low mood and a range of anxiety difficulties.
We are currently based in schools in South Warwickshire, Coventry, Rugby and North Warwickshire
The team consists of qualified and trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Senior Educational Mental Health Practitioners, Specialist Mental Health Practitioners, Team Leaders, a Service Manager and Clinical Lead.
Between us we have a wealth of experience supporting children and young people with their mental health.
The Mental Health in Schools Team strives to provide a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ children and young people and their families.
Our service provides mental health interventions and support for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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How can the Mental Health in Schools Team help children and young people?
The MHST’s focus is to positively impact young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We aim to do this by:
Using evidence-based CBT treatment approaches for anxiety and low mood. This can be done in group or 1:1 settings, either face to face or virtually. This means that we can continue to work with young people during school holidays.
We work closely with each school’s identified Mental Health Leads (a senior member of school staff who has received specific training to take on this role) to support individual referrals and to complete regular audits of the school’s mental health needs.
·We support each school in developing and maintaining a ‘whole school approach’.
What is the Whole School Approach?
We work collaboratively with schools to deliver a ‘whole school approach’ which involves all parts of the school community working together to improve mental wellbeing.
MHSTs support the whole school approach in several ways: delivering assemblies, classroom-based sessions and workshops in schools covering a range of topics (mental health awareness, creating calm, building emotional awareness, mood boost and sleep hygiene).
The Whole School Approach is based around these 8 principles (Promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing (publishing.service.gov.uk)
We also support schools to develop mentally healthy environments through staff training, support and policy development . Our team conduct school ‘needs assessments’ or audits in collaboration with Mental Health Leads to create an action plan to address identified needs throughout the school year.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach which looks at the difficulties a young person is experiencing through an understanding of the links between how we think, feel and behave (what we do).
Understanding how these links affect the problem for the young person is important. CBT helps the young person to develop a toolbox of strategies and learn new ways of coping with difficult situations.
It is a collaborative approach, which means that young people are an active part of their therapy and will regularly take ideas or strategies from their sessions and practice them or test them out at home and at school.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a widely used approach in Mental Health. For further information, please see link below.
MHST are able to offer both high and low intensity CBT.
What does low intensity mean?
Low intensity means treatment that uses fewer resources. This means that sessions may be shorter (usually 45-60 mins) or involve a smaller number (6-8) of individual face to face or telephone sessions.
Offering low intensity treatment first means we are able to:
- offer psychological help to more young people
- offer psychological help in a more timely way
- offer early intervention, before problems build up
Low intensity interventions are:
- often more convenient for the young people and families we support
- based on evidence of effectiveness
- based on a teaching skills model thus contributing to longer-term wellbeing
For examples of what difficulties can be supported through low intensity treatment from MHST please see our parent leaflet in the resource section.
What does high intensity mean?
As well as Education Mental Health Practitioners, each locality has a smaller number of senior low intensity (LI - CBT) practitioners and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (HI-CBT) who work across all MHST schools in the area. Senior LI practitioners support the EMHPs and schools and are able to work with young people who may benefit from a few more sessions or who may be experiencing more complex difficulties.
High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (HI-CBT) will typically work with young people for a longer period of time (usually between 12-14 hourly sessions), which allows a greater depth and ‘intensity’ of therapeutic input. HI-CBT is an evidence-based treatment approach and is part of the MHST offer for a number of different mental health presentations including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
HI-CBT therapists may also provide continuing treatment after low intensity interventions, if required. Sometimes, young people may be offered a low intensity intervention initially and then ‘step up’ to high intensity if that is felt to be beneficial.
Referral Process and Confidentiality
Each school’s Mental Health Lead has received training in how to recognise mental health difficulties in the early stages and with support from the EMHP they can complete the process for young people to be referred to the MHST. A discussion should always take place with the young person and their family before a referral is made and consent requested to share this information with us.
We treat the sharing of information very carefully and confidentially. We only share information where it is helpful to do so and with consent. The only exception to this is if we need to share information to support the safety of the young person or others around them.
Once a referral has been received, the team will review the information and consider the next steps. This is often to invite the young person and their families to have a chat with us about the difficulties they have been experiencing (an assessment), so that we can decide together what support would be most appropriate. Sometimes, we decide that we might not be the right service for their particular circumstances, and we may make suggestions about where they would receive more appropriate help and support.
How to Contact Us
Our contact method is through the Rise Navigation Hub: 0300 200 2021 – please ensure you ask for the MHST and they will take a message for us to contact you as soon as we are able to.
If you wish to discuss a referral to our service, please contact your school’s Mental Health Lead.
If your school is not listed but you require early help or advice for a child or young person’s Mental Health difficulties, please check out our Primary Mental Health Team’s page at: cwrise.com/primary-mental-health for further information.
Schools Working with MHST
All Saints Bedworth C of E Academy & Nursery
Arden Forest Infant School
Ash Green Secondary
Camp Hill Primary
Coleshill School Secondary
Exhall Junior School
Galley Common Infants
George Elliot Academy Secondary
Glendale Infant School
Goodyears End Primary
Hartshill Academy Secondary
Keresley Newlands Primary
Michael Drayton Primary
Nathaniel Newton Infant School
Nuneaton Academy Secondary
Polesworth Secondary School
Queens C of E
Race Leys Infant School
Race Leys Juniors
St Francis Catholic Academy
St Michaels C of E Primary
St Thomas More
Abbotts Farm Junior School
|Bilton C of E Junior School
|Boughton Leigh Junior School
|Cawston Grange Primary School
|Clifton Upon Dunsmore Primary School
|Dunchurch Boughton C of E Junior School federated with Dunchurch Infant School
|Henry Hinde Infant School
|Hillmorton Primary School
|Lawrence Sheriff Secondary School
|Leamington Hastings C of E Academy Infant and Nursery
|Long Lawford Primary School
|Paddox Primary School
|Riverside Academy Primary
|Rokeby Primary School
|Rugby Free Primary School
|Rugby Free Secondary School
|St Andrews Benn C of E Primary School
|St Gabriel’s C of E Primary School
|St Matthew’s Bloxam C of E Primary School
|The Avon Valley School
Wolston St Margaret’s Primary School
All Saints C of E Junior School
Aylesford School Primary & Secondary
Bidford on Avon C of E Primary
Brailes C of E Primary School
Clapham Terrace Community Primary
|Coten End Primary School
|Cubbington C of E Primary
|Emscote Infant School
|Ettington C of E Primary
|Ferncumbe C of E Primary School
|Great Alne Primary
|Hampton Lucy C of E Primary School
|Henley in Arden C of E School
|Kineton C of E (voluntary aided) Primary School
|Lapworth C of E Primary School
|Lighthorne Heath Primary School
|Moreton Morrell Primary
|North Leamington School
|Our Lady’s Catholic Primary
|Our Lady & St Teresa’s Catholic Primary
|Shipston Primary School
|Shottery St Andrews C of E Primary
|Southam Primary School
|St. John’s Primary, Nursery & Children’s Centre
|St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
|St Nicholas C of Primary
|Studley Community Infants School
|Studley High School
|Studley St Mary’s C of E Academy
|Sydenham Primary School
|Tanworth in Arden C of E Primary School
Temple Grafton C of E Primary School
|Temple Herdewyke Primary School
|Thomas Jolyffe Primary
|Tysoe C of E Primary School
|Welford on Avon Primary
|Wellesbourne C of E Primary School
Westgate Primary School
|Whitnash Primary School
|Woodloes Primary School
Alderman’s Green primary
Barrs Hill School and Community College
Blue Coat Academy
Bishop Ullathorne Catholic Secondary School
Broad Heath Primary
|Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School
|Courthouse Green primary
|Eden Secondary School
Ernesford Grange Community Academy
|Finham Park 2
|Foxford Community School
|Frederick Bird Primary School
|Hill Farm Primary School
Holbrook Community Primary School
|Henley Green Primary School
|John Gulson Primary
|Leigh Church of England Primary School
|Limbrick Wood Primary
|Little Heath Primary School
|Lyng Hall School and Specialist Sports College
|Moat House Primary School
Moseley Primary School
|Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School
Potters Green Primary School
|President Kennedy Secondary School
|Radford Primary School
|Sacred Heart Primary
Sidney Stringer Academy
Sidney Stringer Primary School
Spon Gate Primary School
|St John's Church of England Primary School
|St Laurence's Church of England Primary School
Stoke Heath Primary
|St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School
|The Westwood Academy
|West Coventry Academy
|Whoberley Hall Primary School
Information for Young People & Parents
- MHST RoadMap - What to expect from your Journey with MHST
- Exam Stress - Helpful tips to support around the stress of taking exams
- Exam Results - Helpful tips for managing stress around exam results
- Meet an EMHP - What does an Educational Mental Health Practitioner do?
- Returning to School - A guide to dealing with change
No matter why or how you access rise we want you to receive the right support at the right time.
A journey with Rise is as unique as the person receiving support. So the support each person receives may be different.