Education Mental Health Teams
The Liverpool WSA CAMHS pathway is delivered by a range of services working in partnership to support children, young people, families and staff in education.
To facilitate a coordinated approach service teams are working into three Education Mental Health Teams (EMHTs) across the city. All schools/education establishments are being aligned to one of the three EMHTs – North, Central and South.
EMHTs consist of a range of providers/services that deliver across the pathway, some working within targeted levels and others across levels of need.
Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs), developed as part of the national programme, provide direct support into schools, providing early intervention for children with low-level/emerging anxiety, low mood, phobias and related challenges with behaviour and sleep. Support can be delivered through 1:1 sessions with one of our practitioners, group-work or work with parents/carers. The team also deliver training, workshops, and assemblies, in partnership with other CAMHS services, around general mental health, wellbeing and resilience.
In Liverpool, these teams are available to support all primary schools and work with YPAS Wellbeing Clinics to support transition at the secondary school level.
How do MHSTs operate across levels of need?
The primary purpose of MHSTs is to provide support at the yellow/early intervention level however working in partnership with MYA they support the WSA prevention & resilience agenda (green level), and provide orange level intervention through band 6/7 practitioners as a step-up within the service, or through partnership working with Seedlings.
The Seedlings project is a traded therapeutic service based in Liverpool primary schools allowing schools to access support for children at the orange level of need in a timely manner.
Delivered by YPAS the service provides support and therapeutic interventions to primary school children to address their mental distress and emotional wellbeing difficulties; allowing them to develop, grow and build resilience.
The multimodality team of qualified/registered/accredited therapists provide age-appropriate and tailored support based on the needs of the child. This includes both 1:1 sessions and group work:
- Talking therapies
- Art therapies
- Support and advice for families
- Providing education and resources to help staff deal with difficult emotional issues
Liverpool CCG currently commission some Seedlings support for Liverpool primary schools which can be accessed as a step-up intervention through MHSTs. Schools can also commission the service directly.
The YPAS Wellbeing Clinic is a service offered in all secondary schools in Liverpool. It runs for half a day each week during term time. Each school has a dedicated YPAS practitioner who meets with young people on a one-to-one basis.
The YPAS team of practitioners includes Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) workers and Children & Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CYWPs).
The Wellbeing Clinic aims to give young people, who may not have received any help before, access to mental health and emotional wellbeing support, early on, in a way that is convenient.
The Wellbeing Clinic can offer support for a variety of difficulties, such as:
- Worries and anxiety
- Low mood and depression
- Problems with sleep
- Feelings of panic
- Understanding emotions
- Managing stress
Wellbeing Clinics work in partnership with MHSTs to provide support into secondary schools around transition.
The Merseyside Youth Association’s RAISE Team provide mental health promotion and training to help make mental health everyone’s business in Liverpool. As part of the Liverpool EMHSTs they provide the following:
- Training and development for school staff (including ROAR training for primary schools, Mental Health First Aid, and Youth Connect 5).
- Resource development for schools
- Communications for schools through the Liverpool CAMHS website
- City-wide school-focused campaigns including the annual ‘Now Performing Arts Festival’
- Peer to peer support training for schools