Request for Support from Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

Closes 1 Jul 2021

Opened 16 Jul 2020


MHST practitioners will deliver short-term (usually 4-10 sessions) goal-based interventions for children and young people. Interventions are based on either cognitive (managing difficult thoughts and the behaviours they lead to) or behavioural ideas (considering changes to behaviours that may keep the difficulty going e.g. avoidance or withdrawal). They can be delivered as a 1:1. These low-intensity CBT interventions are generally suitable for mild to moderate difficulties in the following areas:

  • Sleep difficulties related to poor sleep routine, behavioural problems, anxiety-based night-time avoidance behaviours, or problematic thoughts or worries at night
  • Poor eating patterns or diet affected by and/or affecting mood (Not eating disorders)
  • Low mood, depression and low self-esteem
  • Anxiety difficulties including phobias (e.g. animals, vomit, agoraphobia etc.), separation anxiety, social anxiety, school avoidance and excessive worry (Not Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Common behavioural difficulties (ages 4-8 only)

These interventions rely on a collaborative, goals-based approach. It is therefore important that the young person acknowledges they have a difficulty, and that they are motivated to talk about, and work on this.
Please note:
Young people with more complex/severe needs may not be considered appropriate for our service. However, we will endeavour to find the most appropriate service for the need of your child/student
. Practitioners are unable to work with young people with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Learning Disability (young people with a diagnosis of ADHD may be seen if symptoms are under reasonable control to engage in sessions).  

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Please note: The Mental Health Support Teams in Schools is not an emergency service and cannot respond as such. If you feel that due to your mental health, you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please visit your GP, contact NHS 111 out of hours, or visit your local Accident and Emergency department at hospital. If you have seriously harmed yourself, call 999 or go straight to Accident and Emergency.

The Sussex Mental Health Line is available 24/7 on 0300 5000101.

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