Description

The Mental Health Support team provides support to children and young people (school age), school staff, parents, and carers. We offer therapy and support to young people who may be struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties as well as supporting their schools to adopt a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Information for families

Who is the Mental Health Support team for?
We work on a 1:1 or group basis with children and young people who are presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We have a variety of interventions which are suitable for young people aged 5-18.

We also work with parents/carers for several interventions including parent led CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), family therapy, parent support groups and our parenting programme for conduct problems.

As well as 1:1 and group interventions, we implement a whole school approach within our allocated schools working with all staff, parents/carers, and pupils. We work closely with schools to help them identify social, emotional, and mental health issues as early as possible. We can also offer assemblies, workshops, and staff training.

What support do we offer?
We have practitioners from different professional backgrounds who can offer a range of support tailored to need. A proportion of our workforce are trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and can offer a variety of short-term interventions, including but not limited to treatment for:

  • Low mood
  • General anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Anger and irritability
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Panic
  • Phobias

What other support do we offer?
Specialist practitioners within the team can also offer longer term interventions, including but not limited to:

  • Family relationships
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Parenting
  • Health anxiety
  • OCD
  • Mood disorders or problems related to emotional health and well being
  • School related difficulties
  • Friendship, relationship difficulties
  • Referral support onto other services

Where do we work?
We support young people who are registered to one of our designated schools in the Bradford, Keighley, and Craven districts.

We aim to see a young person face to face in their school, but in times where this is not possible, at a time and place that suits. This can include home visits or clinics elsewhere (for example a GP surgery, children’s centre etc.) If that’s not possible, we can contact you through video or telephone call. We want to make mental health support as accessible as possible and will try our hardest to ensure you can reach us.

How to be referred to the Mental Health Support team
To be referred to the Mental Health Support team, the child or young person must be registered at one of our designated schools. If you are a parent, the first point of call is to contact your child’s school and speak to a member of staff who can speak to the team.  Children and young people can also speak directly to the team and parents/carers can contact the team via the email address provided.

Welcome to the mental health in school team’s Zoom parent support group “raising Yorkshire puddings!”.

This is a safe place for you talk and get to know other parents and provide support to each other, facilitated by professionals. Providing an information session on a different topic each month about common mental health issues children and adolescents may face.

Our group runs virtually every third Tuesday of the month.  We run two sessions at either 10.30am or 7.30 pm. To receive a link to the sessions or for more information please email.

The Mental Health Support team is still here to help!

We are still offering face-to-face appointments within the schools and further education settings where we are based. Some of our services have now been extended to telephone and/or video calls.

You may notice staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) which may include facemasks and/or googles. Please know that we are still smiling underneath!

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