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The teams can help children and young people work through struggles with low mood, anxiety and worry. They can also assist you in putting strategies in place to help with these issues and support with practical steps to get better sleep and work on panic management.
The team will also work with school leaders and headteachers to promote better mental health for everyone as part of the school’s ‘Whole School Approach‘.
The teams are being introduced as part of a national programme to increase access to mental health support for children and young people, and is another way of supporting and helping you thrive in education.
Who are in the teams?
The teams consist of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) trained in Low Intensity CBT interventions, Clinicians and Senior Clinicians, as well as Service Managers. Between them, they have a wealth of experience in supporting children and young people with their mental health and navigating the local systems.
How can they help?
The practitioners will use evidence-based approaches to help you.
They can either work with you on a one-to-one basis or in groups.
They use approaches such as:
- low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- sensory strategies
- practical ideas
- creative problem solving
What is low intensity CBT?
CBT involves the practitioner working with you to focus on your problem and break it down into smaller parts. The practitioner will help you develop a toolkit of practical strategies and coping mechanisms so you can deal with difficult situations when they arise.
It is a talking therapy, based upon the understanding that your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations and actions are interconnected. It suggests negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a negative cycle and helps you to identify ways to break that cycle.
What does low intensity mean?
Low intensity treatment will involve a number of focussed sessions of individual face-to-face or virtual therapy.
Offering low intensity treatment first means we are able to:
- offer help to more young people
- offer help more quickly
- offer early intervention, before problems build up.
- provide practical homework and techniques that you can use at home, both on your own and with your family
The team supports people with low level mood and anxiety concerns. They can only support young people in the schools they’re working in.