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MPFT has successfully implemented seven trailblazing Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in schools across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. An eighth team covering Market Drayton and Whitchurch in North East Shropshire, launched in January.

The teams are part of a government programme which puts mental health experts into schools and colleges across the country to support children and young people who struggle with their mental health to get the help and care they need, when they need it.

The newest team will support approximately 20 schools and colleges across Market Drayton and Whitchurch with the aim of speeding up access to specialist services and building on support already in place from professionals, such as school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector.

The MHST will work collaboratively with each schools designated senior mental health lead, to introduce or develop a whole school approach to mental health support, to enhance and embed a positive mental health approach.

Lydia Beesley, Senior Mental Health Practitioner for the North East Shropshire MHST said: “We’re delighted that the Mental Health Support Team has formally launched its service for participating schools in Market Drayton and Whitchurch. We are thrilled with the enthusiasm shown for the new team and the support and interaction from schools and partners that we received.

“I am really looking forward to making further introductions with the rest of the team and working in partnership with staff at the schools to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people, their families and the school community as a whole.”