Havering Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

Havering MHST is a new collaborative service which is designed to help meet the mental health and emotional well-being needs of children and young people in education settings. This support is aimed at children and young people who may be experiencing mild to moderate  mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns . We are designed to provide additional support working alongside other professionals that already exist in and around schools and colleges, as part of the Whole School Approach

Currently, Havering MHST is available in 12 project schools across the borough which include Primary and Secondary Education with the aim of establishing ourselves in more schools and colleges in the future.

Support we can provide to Primary Schools

In Primary schools we provide 1:1 support directly to parents whose children may be experiencing mild to moderate difficulties with behaviour and/ or worries. We also offer psychoeducation workshops directly for students to help raise awareness on wellbeing. These workshops can be done via assemblies or classroom based. Our service also offers targeted groups, where a small group of students are identified to attend a clinical intervention for several weeks, and it provides children with practical strategies on a particular topic e.g., building their self-esteem and confidence.

We are also able to provide support to staff in relation to mental health and wellbeing by facilitating psycho-education workshops for school staff.

Support we can provide to Secondary Schools

In Secondary schools we provide 1:1 support directly to students who may be experiencing mild to moderate difficulties with anxiety or low mood. We also offer psychoeducation workshops (learning more about emotional wellbeing) directly for students to help raise awareness on wellbeing. These workshops are either in the classroom, to a particular class or via assemblies for a whole school year group. Our service also offers targeted groups, where a small group of students are identified to attend a clinical intervention for several weeks, and it provides children with practical strategies on a particular topic.

We are also able to provide support to staff in relation to mental health and wellbeing by facilitating psychoeducation workshops for school staff.

Who is in the team?

The team consists of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), who are trained in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions, Senior Mental Health Practitioners (SMHPs), Senior Clinical Supervisors, as well as a Service Manager. Between us, we have a wealth of experience in supporting children and young people with their mental health and emotional well-being.

Referrals

Havering MHST work closely with a designated mental health lead that has been identified in the 12 project schools. Access to this service can only be made via the MHST school link teacher. If your child attends one of the Project schools, then you can speak with the school link about a referral to our service.