New mental health strategy for Stortford children with mental health problems
Schoolchildren in Bishop’s Stortford experiencing mental health difficulties will get early help from special support workers in a new initiative.
The Government has named Hertfordshire as one of only 25 areas to benefit from the launch of Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in 2019.
Dr Geraldine O'Sullivan, Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership's (STP) clinical lead for mental health, said: “I am delighted that Hertfordshire has been chosen as a trailblazer in testing Mental Health Support Teams for primary and secondary school pupils.
“Our plan will see 40 schools supported by two teams of support workers, which could include youth workers as well as mental health practitioners, providing evidence-based support in community venues, not just schools.
"We're also planning on having parent education programmes provided by the voluntary sector.
“This initiative will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people across Hertfordshire. It will further improve links between mental health services and schools to ensure children, parents and teachers know where they can get support and help for young people with mental health concerns.”
MHSTs are a key initiative set out in the Government’s recent Children and Young People Mental Health Green Paper.
Hertfordshire’s two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys CCG, which between them buy health services for the county’s population – are working with Hertfordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, the county council and other partners to develop and implement the five-year mental health and wellbeing transformation plan.