New Mental Health Support Teams to support Skelmersdale & Upholland students

Young people in Skelmersdale and Upholland will soon benefit with their mental health and emotional wellbeing through support from the new Mental Health Support Team (MHST) which will be based in schools.

The MHST will support pupils at primary, secondary and special schools in Skelmersdale and Upholland, as well as students at West Lancashire College (up to their 19th birthday).

The teams will support those who are experiencing emotional or wellbeing issues such as low-level anxiety, low mood, or friendship or behavioural difficulties, to ensure they don’t escalate to more serious mental health issues.

They will work with pupils either face to face or in groups. They will also give advice to school staff and parents to help children get the right support and remain in education. Where necessary, the teams will work alongside specialist services.

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were successful in bidding for NHS England (NHSE) funding to create the new teams which are part of a wider NHSE programme.

CCG staff will be working with mental health teams, headteachers and teachers, parent representatives, partners and third sector organisations from Skelmersdale and Upholland to develop and establish the new service.

The teams will undertake training and there will be a phased approach from January before becoming fully operational the following year.

Senior commissioning manager for mental health for West Lancashire CCG, Phil Winnard, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be developing this incredibly important service. Now, more than ever, supporting our young people with their emotional and mental wellbeing is just so important.

 

“By offering this support in schools and colleges, we will help pupils to achieve the best educational outcomes and reduce the chance of them developing more serious mental health issues in later in life.”

For more information about the MHSTs please the dedicated CCG web page. https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/resources/patient-and-public-information/mental-health-support-teams-mhsts/