Kooth - Online Counselling and Support:
Kooth is an online counselling (1-1) and emotional well-being platform for children and young people/young adults- 11years -25years, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Counsellors are available from: Midday to 10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm - 10pm at Weekends.
There is also a wealth of useful support and information, the ability to be creative and share experiences and moderated forums to discuss with others who may be feeling the same.
Listening Ear: Butterflies and DiAMOND Programmes
Children and young people specific bereavement and domestic violence support. Both programmes have access to an Emotional Youth Club which can be accessed by individuals during and after their treatment:
Butterflies: offers group counselling for children and young people affected by bereavement or other forms of loss (such as divorce and family separation), including Primary or Secondary school aged specific groups. 1:1 Therapy is offered and this can also be provided virtually.
DiAMOND - offers 1:1 counselling in schools or colleges for children and young people who are affected by Domestic Abuse
Youth Mental Health Toolkit:
Young people have helped to shape a new wellbeing support kit called #GrowYourHappy. The online kit is an easy to digest page filled with ideas for young people to embrace taking care of their mental health. It includes everything from playlist recommendations to links to resources to get specialised help. It takes a positive look at the things young people can do to take care and look after their mental wellbeing.
The online space which is a padlet has been created by the Youth Council of St Helens and has been tailored by young people for young people including suggestions of how to be kind and positive messages to inspire your day.
5-19 Service – School Health Nurses- Emotional and Mental wellbeing offer:
The St Helens 0-19 school health service is in place to support emotional health and wellbeing needs of school age children. School nurses offer a weekly confidential drop in at secondary schools and provide direct support to children and young people for low mood, thoughts of self-harm, concerns in relation to bullying, weight issues, and will offer education and useful techniques in relation to building resilience, relaxation and mindfulness.
In addition, school nurses offer a termly confidential drop in for parents and carers of primary school age children, again providing direct support and advice on aspects of emotional health and wellbeing. In the summer term of each year, school nurses offer a year 6 pupil health questionnaires and follow up sessions, one of which is focussed around emotional health.
The school nurses carry out brief interventions and packages of care with children and young people, and will work to devise a plan, complete referrals and follow up children in the drop ins each week as required. This is done working closely with education staff and pastoral needs to meet the emotional health and wellbeing needs of children and young people and the school nurse will escalate to the next level of support for the CYP if required
Behaviour Improvement Team:
The Behaviour Improvement Team provides support to staff and schools working with children who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that are affecting their wellbeing and education. They have been particularly effective in working with those pupils who had lower level anxiety about attending school after the lockdown. They also worked with pupils with additional needs (ADHD, ASC, OCD) and increased anxiety on a one to one basis to address behaviour that was preventing return to school post lockdown due to routine change etc
CYP specialist Mental Health Support – CAMHS and Barnardo’s:
Working as an integrated service, CAMHS and Barnardo’s work with young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties, and their families. They provide specialist face to face therapies, including whole family holistic therapy, and also offer telephone consultations and virtual sessions. Other therapies include counselling, art and play therapy and solution focused interventions, and group work. The service is using a combination of face to face and Attend Anywhere (virtual platform)
Young People’s Community Eating Disorder Service:
This service provides specialist assessment, treatment and support for young people with eating disorders and their families.
It aims to promote the early detection and treatment of eating disorders through a combination of one-to-one support and family therapy, along with support from a qualified dietitian. The service also offers group sessions and virtual contact to suit the needs of the individual
24/7 Crisis Response Team for CYP and Urgent Mental Health Support Line:
The CAMHS Crisis Response Team provides immediate crisis response and management out of hours for individuals who require urgent mental health support. With contact and follow-up care plans co-ordinated by the team. A professional can contact the CAMHS Response Team every day until 9pm and then the Urgent Mental Health Support Line is available 24/7 and includes support for CYP
Crisis Response Team: 01744 627 618
Urgent Mental Health Support Line: https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis
Tel: 01925 275 309 (Opt 1)
The PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK Version) is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills. The programme consists of a variety of lessons, and additional materials and charts used in a ‘whole school approach’.
The PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK Version) is designed for use with primary school children. The purposes of the Programme are to enhance the social competence and social understanding of children, as well as to facilitate educational processes in the classroom. In St Helens this is available to schools on an ‘opt in’ basis. We currently have 13 primary schools participating in the programme and will continue to encourage all primary schools to take up this programme
Youth Justice Service MH worker:
A Barnardo’s worker is funded to work 3 days per week in the Youth Justice Service to support the staff around training requirements linked to emotional and mental wellbeing needs of YP and dealing with the more complex situations that will arise, and also to be available for specific individual therapeutic sessions for the CYP involved with the service who would not normally attend planned appointments. This enable YP in the justice system to develop trusted relationships with a mental health support service and so receive and engage with the service they need.
Wellbeing for Education Return:
To support education settings in their return to the classroom post lockdown/ Covid, the Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care are providing a national training support package to all schools and colleges, delivered by a local service, Barnardo’s, who are familiar with St Helens and existing support. The training and support seeks to better equip schools and colleges to promote children and young people’s wellbeing, resilience, and recovery in response to Covid-19. As well as strengthening and building wellbeing and resilience, this aims to prevent the onset of mental health problems and ensure those with pre-existing or emerging difficulties access the right support.
MindEd, working closely with the Anna Freud Centre (AFC) and the Wellbeing for Education Return expert advisory group have developed training content for local areas and experts to share with and cascade into education settings. This training is delivered by Barnardo’s, utilising existing support services in the emotional wellbeing space and tailoring the content to reflect local issues, and is currently being rolled out to all schools in St Helens to be completed by February 2021
Early Help and Resilience Teams:
St Helens is currently implementing this model through commissioned provision with Barnardo’s, who have match funded CCG investment. The provision will be to provide the wrap around EHWB support for clusters of schools and Primary Care Networks, with a nominated point of contact, drop-in sessions delivered for CYP along with sessions for parents/ carers; standardised training and education for professionals using recognised programmes; and whole school resilience building working closely with school nursing, CAMHS and PATHS. The aim is to strengthen prevention work along with signposting to local provision and ensuring timely access to specialist services where required aligning with the next level of MHST provision.
This will comprise of two Emotional Wellbeing & Resilience Teams: Central and Circumference based in one of our Secondary schools and in a health centre. The teams are comprised of 1 senior practitioner, 4 practitioners and admin support with an overarching programme manager. Posts are currently being recruited to and the service will be live from mid-February 2021
Early Help and Resilience Team contacts:
Allison Lyon - email@example.com – Operational Manager
Mia Leyland – firstname.lastname@example.org – Team Manager
This resource will be available from March 2021 with one team currently allocated to St Helens from a mid-Mersey bid. The Mental Health Support Team will provide mental health support in the school setting with specific training from Health Education England. They will offer CBT and other talking therapies in 1:1 and group formats and work in tandem with the Early Help & Resilience Teams. This first wave team allocated to St Helens will cover the following schools and their feeder primaries: Cowley International College, St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School, St Cuthbert's Catholic High School. Following completion of training this team will also support De La Salle Secondary School from March 2022 onwards and further MHSTs are currently being bid for via a mid-Mersey bid to increase the coverage across St Helens.
Lisa Simpson - Lisa.Simpson@nwbh.nhs.uk – Operational Manager
Jacqui Fuller - Jacqui.Fuller2@nwbh.nhs.uk - Team Leader