Slough Mental Health Support Team Newsletter

This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Education Safeguarding Professional, Jatinder Matharu, on behalf of NHS Berkshire Healthcare, Children, Young People and Families Services for the attention of all Schools. 

Please see attached the first termly newsletter from the Mental Health Support Team. The next one will be published in February 2023. 

What are Mental Health Support Teams?

As part of Transforming children and young peoples mental health provision: a Green Paper, CAMHS and local authority leads in East Berkshire have been working collaboratively to set up new CAMHS services called the Getting Help Teams and Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) and they are based in the local community and selected schools.

This year they have set up another MHST in Slough. Staff have been recruited and they have four Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) completing their university course and working alongside Slough schools.

Their clinicians support children, young people and their families who have emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties, such as low mood and anxiety, which may be affecting their day-to-day life. 

The Mental Health Support Team offer evidence-based brief interventions that can last up to eight sessions directly, as well as offer advice and support on where to find the most appropriate support when they are unable to offer direct help. They also offer workshops to parents and carers as well as consultations and training to school staff. Watch this Video on YouTube to learn more.