What are the Rise Mental Health in Schools Team (MHSTs)

MHSTs are sometimes also called Mental Health Support Teams.

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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’. 

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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.

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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)

Leadership and management that supports and champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing principles in no particular order: an ethos and environment that promotes respect and values diversity; curriculum, teaching and learning to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning; enabling student voice to influence decisions; staff development to support their own wellbeing and that of students; identifying and monitoring impact of interventions; working with parents/carers; targeted support and appropriate referral.

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.


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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


North Warwickshire Schools working with MHST

All Saints Bedworth C of E Academy & Nursery

Arden Forest Infant School

Ash Green Secondary

Camp Hill Primary

Chetwynd Primary

Coleshill School Secondary

Exhall Cedars

Exhall Junior School

Galley Common Infants

George Elliot Academy Secondary

Glendale Infant School

Goodyears End Primary

Hartshill Academy Secondary

Higham Lane

Hurley Primary

Keresley Newlands Primary

Kingsbury Primary

Kingsbury Secondary

Michael Drayton Primary

Middlemarch Primary

Nathaniel Newton Infant School

Newdigate Primary

Nuneaton Academy Secondary

Parklane Primary

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

Whitestone Primary






North Warwickshire 16-18 Service

North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College



Rugby Schools working with MHST

Abbots Farm Infant School

Abbotts Farm Junior School Ashlawn School

Bawnmore Community Infant School

Bilton Infant School

Bilton C of E Junior School

Bilton School

Binley Woods Primary School

Boughton Leigh Junior School Cawston Grange Primary School
Clifton Upon Dunsmore Primary School

Dunchurch Boughton C of E Infant Academy

Dunchurch Boughton C of E Junior School federated with Dunchurch Infant School

Eastlands Primary School

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
Henry Hinde Infant School

Henry Hinde Junior School

Hillmorton Primary School

Houlton Secondary 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

Rugby High School

St Andrews Benn C of E Primary School St Gabriel’s C of E Primary School

St Marie’s Catholic Primary School

St Matthew’s Bloxam C of E Primary School

St Oswalds CE Academy

The Avon Valley School Wolston St Margaret’s Primary School

South Warwickshire Schools working with MHST

Alcester Academy

All Saints C of E Junior School

Aylesford School Primary & Secondary

Bidford on Avon C of E Primary

Bishopton Primary

Brailes C of E Primary School

Campion 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 Kineton Secondary
Lapworth C of E Primary School Lighthorne Heath Primary School Moreton Morrell Primary Myton School 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 College 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  


Coventry Schools working with MHST

Alderman’s Green primary

Barrs Hill School and Community College

Blue Coat Academy

Bishop Ullathorne Catholic Secondary School

Broad Heath Primary

Caludon Castle

Cannon Park Primary

Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School Courthouse Green primary Eden Secondary School

Edgewick Primary

Ernesford Grange Community Academy Finham Park 2 Foxford Community School

Frederick Bird Primary School

Grace Academy

Grange Farm Primary

Grange Hurst 

Hearsall Primary

Hill Farm Primary School
Holbrook Community Primary School

Holy Family Catholic School

Henley Green Primary School John Gulson Primary

Joseph Cash Primary

Leigh Church of England Primary School

Limbrick Wood Primary Little Heath Primary School Lyng Hall School and Specialist Sports College Meadow Park
Moseley Primary School Mount Nod Primary

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School

Parkgate Primary

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

Stanton Bridge

St Christophers Primary

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

Stretton Primary Templars Primary The Westwood Academy

West Coventry Academy

Whitley Abbey Primary

Whoberley Hall Primary School

Wyken Croft Primary


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