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Transforming children and young people’s mental health

05 Feb 19 - 05 Feb 20

In December last year HPFT learned that Hertfordshire’s bid to be one of 25 Trailblazer sites for transforming children and young people’s health across the country has been successful. Two new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are being established in Hertfordshire to provide early intervention in schools and colleges.  

The first phase of the National Programme will begin in April and see teams established in Hoddesdon and St Albans, linking with 10-20 schools and colleges in each area covering a total population of around 16,000 children and young people. These areas have been chosen for the first phase, based on feedback from young people and schools, as well as data on levels of demand for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Hertfordshire.

MHSTs will provide face-to-face help for those with emerging mental health needs, and will support children and young people through guided self-help, peer led support and group work at an early stage. Managing problems within schools and colleges should reduce the numbers of young people requiring additional support, but the teams will also be providing a link to more specialist services when they are needed.

Director of Service Delivery and Experience Jess Lievesley said: “We are delighted to be taking this initiative forward for Hertfordshire. We certainly recognise the increasing demand for additional support for young people and having the opportunity to provide support for children and young people within their schools and colleges will mean we are able to offer support at a much earlier point in a person’s life than we are currently able to.

“We know that the evidence tells us that when we can work with young people and families by equipping them with techniques and strategies to help them manage their emotions and increase their resilience, this results in much better outcomes for all concerned. These are invaluable skills that will continue to help them throughout their lives. In addition to this, working more closely with schools and colleges will help us both to better understand and help tackle the issues head-on.”

Take a look at our new website for children and young people – it has lots of useful information and advice including self-help and what to expect at an appointment https://www.hpftcamhs.nhs.uk/ .

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