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Barnsley MHST

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.

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
  • 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 01904 666 371. 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 You can also use this email address to contact us for any other reason.

One of the team will then be in touch.

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

Opening times

Our office opening times are Monday – Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.

Most of the work we do with young people is done during school and office times but if these times don’t suit you, just let us know and we’ll see if we can arrange something at a time that’s more convenient to you.

We are not open on weekends or bank holidays.

If you require support out of these hours and feel you are in danger or at risk of harm, you can call:

  • Barnsley’s 24 hour Mental Health Help Line on 0800 183 0558
  • Or in an emergency dial 999

Meet the team


Team Leader


Senior Practitioner, Central Area

Help & support

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Young People

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

Parents / Carers

I am a parent / carer


I am a professional

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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