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Barnsley Mental Health Support Team

Barnsley Mental Health Support Team (MHST) works with children, young people, and families in education settings in Barnsley.

We provide free, confidential support, help and advice for pupils, students and schools for issues related to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

So, for example, if you you’re feeling sad, scared or worried. Or maybe you’re getting angry or frustrated. We can help get you the right help!

Barnsley MHST works directly across all Barnsley secondary schools providing group and one to one support for young people.

In selected primary schools in Barnsley, we are working on the whole school approach as well as providing bereavement counselling and family support.

Click on the buttons below to find out more about the different support services that we offer.

How the service can help you

We help you build your skills to cope with:

  • Low mood: sadness, low motivation
  • Mild to moderate anxiety: worries, irrational fears and concerns
  • Common challenging behaviours: angry outbursts, pushing boundaries, frustration and distress
  • Family and peer relationship difficulties
  • Difficulty adjusting to change and transition
  • Difficulty managing emotions

We provide low intensity one-to-one or group support (usually 6-8 sessions based on what you need) for children and young people aged 5-19 with mild-to-moderate emotional and mental health needs who attend one of our partner schools or who may be

  • A Young Carer
  • Educated At Home
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Excluded from school or at risk of exclusion

The service is made up of Education Mental Health Practitioners and Supervising Practitioners, Trainees and Assistant Practitioners from a range of health and education backgrounds working alongside a specialist Family Practitioner and Bereavement Counsellor.

How you can access the service

You can speak to one of the friendly team by ringing us on 01226 107377. We will ask you a few questions to get started, then one of our team members will call you back to make sure we’re the right people to help.

We also accept written Requests for Support from young people, parents, carers and professionals. Just fill in the Request for Support form below and return it to BarnsleyCYPMHRequestSupport@swyt.nhs.uk. You can also use this email address to contact us for any other reason.

We aim to get you coping and feeling better about what’s going on in your life.

One of the team will then be in touch.

Meet the team

Vick

Service Manager

Louise

Team Leader

Michelle

Team Leader

Julie

Senior Administrator

Kirstie

Administrator

Chimene

Supervising Practitioner, Central Area

Jade

Supervising Practitioner, South Area

Sarah

Supervising Practitioner, North Area

Rachel

Family Practitioner

Shaun

Mental Health Practitioner

Lisa

Mental Health Practitioner

Paige

Mental Health Practitioner

Tracy

Mental Health Practitioner

Lauren

Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner

Emily

Education Mental Health Practitioner

Isabelle

Education Mental Health Practitioner

Summer

Education Mental Health Practitioner

Emma

Assistant Education Mental Health Practitioner

Thompson

Assistant Education Mental Health Practitioner

Helen

Bereavement Counsellor

Jamie

Bereavement Counsellor

Kirsty

Healthy Relationships Practitioner

Help & support

For information about relevant health and wellbeing topics please expand the sections below.

Young People

I am aged 11-19 years (up to 25 years old with special educational needs)

Parents / Carers

I am a parent / carer

Professionals

I am a professional

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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