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Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support

One In A Million Free School are delighted to have been allocated an Education Mental Health Practitioner for two days each week as part of the NHS Trailblazer programme.

Halima Begum, part of the newly formed Mental Health Work Force, will now be working with our young people and staff each Thursday and Friday to address mild to moderate mental health concerns as part of the National NHS Trailblazer programme.

The Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

The Mental Health Support Teams are a new resource funded and accountable through the NHS. We will work with, and in schools and colleges to support you with mental health and wellbeing issues and to treat mild to moderate mental health isues.

The Mental Health Support Team consists of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Educational Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Senior Practitioners, Clinical Leads and Supervisors. Additionally, we will be working in partnership with Healthy Minds and Youth in Mind.

The Trailblazer programme has three key objectives

Delivering evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues through:

  • Individual face to face work
  • Group work
  • Group parenting classes

Mental Health Support Lead:

The Mental Health Support Lead will be in school to develop a whole school approach offering advice to school staff, students, and liaising with external specialist services.

  • The new mental health work force has been established as part of the national trailblazer to improve and increase availability to children’s mental health services and mental health and wellbeing support.
  • Trailblazer sites will test how MHSTs can work with schools, local authority and other services and reduce waiting times for specialist NHS mental health services.
  • Faster access to NHS care – to bridge the gap between health and education.

Halima is trained to deliver Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Treatments (CBT) to any student demonstrating mild to moderate mental health concerns.

What is a mild to moderate Mental Health Problem?

A moderate mental health problem is when a person has more symptoms that can make their daily life much more difficult than usual. Examples of this can be, but not limited to:

  • Low mood
  • Exam stress
  • Mild anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Friendship issues
  • Daily worries and upset

What approach does Mental Health Support Lead use?

  • Guided self help approach using a Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour framework as part of the NHS Trailblazer programme.
  • Help your own understanding and your self-management of these difficulties. We will look at how your difficulties operate in the ‘here and now’ and what may be keeping them going. We will be introducing tools and tecnniques for you to apply to yourself and that you can continue to use to stay well in the future.

Hello From Halima Begum, Our School’s Mental Health Support Lead:

“Hi! My name is Halima and I am your Education Mental Health Practitioner, who will be in school Thursdays and Fridays. After graduating in Psychology and Early years, I have spent over 10 years in the voluntary sector supporting children, young people and their families. Helping people is a passion I look forward to every day and I’m excited to be part of the new Mental Health Support Team.

I am here to help if you feel like you may be worrying about things a little too much, feeling down more than you’d like to or struggling with day-to-day things please speak to a member of staff or write your name, coaching team and pop it in The ‘Student Voicebox’ located in the school entrances”.

You can contact Halima via or via The Student Voicebox in reception.

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