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Mental Health Support Team (MHST) and Early Intervention/Getting Help Team

Service has Local Offer

The Mental Health Support Team:

  • provide interventions for CYP with mild to moderate needs in schools and colleges across their patch
  • work with school or college staff – including the Senior Lead for Mental Health – to ensure mental health and wellbeing is supported as part of a ‘whole school’ approach
  • work as part of an integrated referral system with children & young people mental health services
  • cover a population of 8000 CYP and provide 500 interventions a year, per team
  • should be additional to, and integrated with, existing support
  • should provide responsive support to individual schools' and colleges' needs, not ‘one size fits all’
  • should provide access to appropriate support for children and young people all year (not just during term time)
  • should co-produce their approach and service offer with users

Mental Health Support Team offer support with:

  • Behavioural difficulties – identification, and brief parenting support
  • Training parents and teachers to support interventions with children
  • Low mood, worry management
  • Anxiety/Avoidance, e.g. simple phobias, separation anxiety
  • Panic management
  • Assessing self-harm and supporting alternative coping strategies. Pupils with history of self-harm, but not active
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Thought challenging – negative automatic thoughts
  • Problem solving

Early Intervention: Getting Help Team

  • Offers advice and signposting, and supporting children, young people and families with Getting Help with emerging mental health difficulties.
  • Support to families, schools and the local communities with linking into Risk Support and Getting More Help from specialist mental health services when difficulties are acute, severe and/or enduring.
  • MHST Schools that have Early Years provision will be able to source support from the Getting Help Service.

Referral form

Who to contact

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations