MHST is a national project aimed at supporting the early intervention of emerging mental health concerns and issues. In Oxfordshire it is a partnership project between Response and Oxford Health NHS Trust.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health in obviously a hugely important matter:

– One in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16, or three children in every classroom, have a diagnosable mental health problem.

– It is estimated that half of all mental health problems manifest before the age of 14 years, with 25% enduring mental health conditions being present by the age of 24 years.

– The most recent survey published by NHS Digital in 2018 found that 12.5% of 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed (2017), and 5% met the criteria for 2 or more mental disorders.

– One in 12 (8.1%) 5 to 19-year olds had an emotional disorder like anxiety or depression.

The National Trailblazer Mental Health Support Team Programme, funded by NHS England is an exciting new service aiming to develop and deliver a collaborative, system-wide approach to support the mental health of children in the school setting. Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) complement existing support provided in schools by providing a realm of expertise and resources to deliver quicker support to individuals who may not typically meet the CAMHS thresholds, but would benefit from accessing early support.

MHSTs have a simple objective: to bring together education and mental health professionals to develop a systemic and sustainable approach to children and young people’s mental health.

Response and Oxford Health have successfully developed four MHSTs that are currently operating in 79 schools across Oxfordshire, located in Oxford and Bicester and Banbury.

Who we are:

The Oxfordshire MHSTs comprises specialist staff who build upon existing strategies already available in schools.

We aim to deliver a combination of interventions to bolster existing provisions such as counselling, nurture groups, and support from school nurses.

Each MHST is made up of 4 education mental health practitioners (EMHPs), 3 Foundation Workers, 1 clinical supervisor, 1 admin support and 1 Locality Manager.

The Oxford team is based at Cheney School and the North team is based at Banbury Young Homelessness Project