Compass Be 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.
Working directly across primary and secondary schools we provide group and one to one support (usually 6-8 sessions based on what is needed) 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
We also provide support to schools around a whole school approach to positive emotional wellbeing as well as providing bereavement counselling, parent support and support for children and young people to build healthy peer relationships.
The service is made up of Supervising Practitioners, Education Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners, Trainees, Assistant Practitioners with our specialist Family Practitioners, Bereavement Counsellors, Healthy Peer Relationship Practitioners, Wellbeing Practitioners, student counsellors and volunteers.
How the service can help you
If you’re feeling sad, scared, worried or maybe you’re getting angry or frustrated. We can support you to get the right help!
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
How you can access the service
Referrals to Compass Be can be made through Branching Minds, which is a multi disciplinary team who provide advice, support and guidance for new referrals for all children and young people’s mental health services in Barnsley as a single point of contact. The team do not hold any case loads or provide direct support to children and young people, but your referral will be triaged and if suitable for our service it will then be forwarded to us at Compass Be.
You can get in touch with Branching Minds by phoning 01226 107377.
Branching Minds accept 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 request an update on referrals and to submit any new or requested additional information to support referrals into the service.
The team at Branching Minds aim to get you the right help at the right time so that you can feel better about what’s going on in your life.
The Branching Minds Barnsley team Monday – Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm and Friday, 9am to 4pm (excluding bank holidays).
For emergency support outside of these hours, please contact your out of hours GP (by calling your practice number as usual) or NHS 111.
You should only contact the emergency services on 999 or go to your nearest A&E if:
- Someone’s life is at risk – for example, they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose
- You do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.
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Meet the team
Hi, I’m Vick and I am delighted to be the Service Manager for Compass Be Mental Health Support Team.
I recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate with Northumbria University, Transformational Leadership in Children and Young People’s Mental Health, and have a background in Public Sector leadership. I have worked for the past 14 years in local government within the Early Help and Prevention Service, and have led the Supporting Families Programme, the Early Help Front Door and the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service.
I am passionate about improving access to emotional and mental health support for all, ensuring children and young people can access the right support at the right time. Barnsley is a fantastic skill mix early intervention and prevention team which means we have a diverse range of support on offer to meet the differing needs of children and young people.
I am a mum of 2 girls who generally keep my busy. When I am not at work I love to be outdoors, and you will often find me hacking out with my daughter and her pony. I also love walking with my 3 dogs and taking them to a nearby beach.
I’m Evalynne. I’m the Clinical Operations Manager here in Barnsley and covering Compass Wakefield. My role is to support practitioners and provide case and clinical supervision, while supporting the development of excellent, high-quality practice across the service.
I’ve worked with children and young people for over 35 years in special needs education, youth and community work, children’s workforce development and training, residential care, family coaching & Early Help management and I am a private therapist who works predominantly with Neurodivergent children and young adults. I also provide training and supervision to private therapists who want to develop their knowledge and practice with Neurodivergent children & young adults and I love my work! I am passionate about good outcomes for children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing - and believe in positive psychology, solution focused practice and growth mindset. It’s wonderful to work for Compass with a large team of equally passionate people!
Hi! I’m Louise and I’m the Team Leader for Compass Be.
I’m a Mental Health Nurse and have been working with young people and schools for 7 years.
I think making sure young people get the right help when and how they need it is so important and I love that I get to do this for my job every day.
Outside of work my favourite thing is to spend time with my family and my many pets. I also love to read fiction and fantasy and I’m not against a good Netflix binge!
Click here to watch Louise's video https://tinyurl.com/muh2z7nt
I'm Michelle Eyre a Supervising Practitioner at Compass Be. My background is in integrative counselling supporting children and young people within many different service settings such as drug and substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual violence and mental health all with one aim to help improve satisfaction of life.
I really enjoy my job within Compass Be as my days are so varied and never the same. I could be one day supporting the development of the MHST embedding its services with educational settings to providing 1-1 early intervention support to children and young people in Barnsley.
I enjoy long walks with my sausage dog "snoopy" and spending time with family and friends.
Click here to watch Michelle's video https://tinyurl.com/2p8tsaj4
Hi! My name is Laura Angel, I work as Team Leader at Compass Be. Previously I worked as a registered manager in adult learning disability services across South Yorkshire. My experience is in operational management, helping to deliver the best service possible, responding to feedback and supporting business development. I love that I can bring my experiences to Compass Be and help to grow our team and improve the mental health support across Barnsley.
My passion is supporting people to achieve their potential, and through working with our colleagues at Compass Be to do just that, we are able to provide a great experience for people who access our services.
Outside of work, I balance a busy family life, love to sing and dance, and go to the theatre.
Hi, I’m Julie! I have worked in Administration for over 20 years in childcare, local authority and private sector roles. I have completed a level 4 in Business and Management and would like continue my studies to complete my degree. I am immensely proud to be able to be part of this incredible service which is going to make such a difference to so many people’s lives.
Outside of work I volunteer as a secretary for a local junior football club, I enjoy being busy venue dressing and event management, but I also love spending time with my family and have a Great Dane who exploring new places with me but also likes to relax while I read do some crafting or enjoy time out at motorsport events.
Click here to watch Julie's video https://tinyurl.com/yptxyh6b
Hi I'm Amy. I have worked as a Legal Secretary within the private sector for 20 years before moving to administration in children's mental health. I am proud to be working in children's mental health and being part of a great team who work hard to help all children in the Barnsley borough.
Outside of work, I have two children and a crazy but cute little dog. I love socialising with my friends, shopping and going out to eat with my family. My favourite time of the week is at the weekend when I get to watch my son play football in both Barnsley District Schoolboys and his Grassroots team.
Hi I’m Talia! I have been working in administration for over 10 years, with experience within the NHS and children’s educational sector. I have completed Level 3 in Business Administration. I am incredibly proud to be working within the service and helping to make a positive difference within young people’s lives.
Outside of work I am a Mum, and have two German Shepherds, I enjoy holidays and exploring on long walks with my family.
Hi, I’m Chimene and I’m a Supervising Practitioner at Compass Be and I am passionate about working with and supporting our young people here in Barnsley.
My background is working as a nurse in paediatrics and special care baby unit. I then worked in mainstream, specialist behavioural settings and Pupil Referral Units working with Excluded and Home Educated young people for over 20yrs. I love to shop and be out in the sunshine.
I really enjoy my work, and having a fantastic team around me having everyone committed to making a positive impact on our children and young people’s lives.
Hi, I’m Jade. I completed a Childhood studies degree at the University of Huddersfield before working in a SEMH school in Barnsley for several years, supporting young people in the classroom and with their wellbeing. I have always had a passion for mental health and joining a mental health support team has been the best move I ever made. Outside of work, I love being outdoors, walking and spending time with family. I also like to make time to journal and meditate and my idea of a perfect self-care evening is watching a good film with a huge cup of tea and plenty of biscuits.
Hello, my name is Sarah. I have a background in Psychology, and I have previously worked as a Primary School Teacher. I was really excited to hear about the new role of Education Mental Health Practitioner and joined the Leeds Mental Health Support Team as a trainee in 2020. Setting up a new service and attending university during lock-down was a real learning experience and I look forward to using the skills and experience from my work with the Leeds Team to help develop the Barnsley Mental Health Support Team. I am passionate about early intervention mental health services and believe that working with schools to develop a whole school approach to positive mental health is key to reducing mental health stigma. I am a mum to two teenage boys and I love swimming and our active family holidays. We have a ginger cat called Honey, who is very noisy. She knows exactly what she wants and how to get it!
Click here to watch Sarah's video https://tinyurl.com/ycymfn7a
Hi, I’m Shaun. After completing my Degree at Sheffield University I became a Youth Worker in Leeds before becoming a Family Support Worker here in Barnsley, supporting young people and their families with their wellbeing. Recently I undertook a Postgraduate Diploma which has enabled me to join Compass Be as an Educational Mental Health Practitioner and become a supervising practitioner. I am looking forward to supporting children and young people with their mental health. Outside of work I like keeping fit, spending time with family and eating out hence the keep fit bit. I love being outdoors and travelling.
Hi! I’m Tracy I joined Compass as a mental health practitioner and progressed to become a supervising practitioner. I have worked with children and families for over 15 years and have taken part in many training opportunities to develop my practice. I have always been interested in how our minds work and my passion is helping others use strategies and techniques to support their mental health. In my spare time I like to take my cocker spaniel, Millie, for a walk in the local park and woodlands and see my friends and family.
Click here to watch Tracy's video https://tinyurl.com/2p98v4c8
My role within Compass Be is to support families with low level mental health needs within the Barnsley borough. Throughout my career I have always worked in the community with families for 15 years. My previous role has been an advocate for young people with learning disabilities, family support in a school for children with social, emotional mental health (SEMH). I really enjoy working with families to enable them to make positive changes to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing.
Click here to watch Rachel's video https://tinyurl.com/y3u9trbe
Hi! My name is Emily, and I am a Family Practitioner here at Compass Be. My role at Compass is supporting parents & carers with low level emotional and mental health needs that are impacting on their child/young person’s wellbeing.
I have previously worked as a Family Support Worker in Sheffield supporting families with different needs. I have supported families experiencing domestic abuse, alcohol & substance misuse, mental health conditions, children & young people with additional needs and finding the appropriate support for the families I worked with. I love working with adults & children and really listen to what support they would like to receive and deliver this to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing.
I love going for walks with my friends and family & reading. 😊
Hello, I’m Helen Scouller and I’m the Bereavement Counsellor.
I’ve spent all my career working with children, young people and families. Most recently in a Children’s Hospice: alongside using art and creativity to make memories and work therapeutically both in-House and in the Community, one to one and with families, I led groups to support bereaved youngsters.
I hope to work with everyone who needs our service in a way that means they feel valued and accepted because growing up and experiencing emotional difficulties is tough; I feel privileged to be a part of this inspiring and skilled team.
And…. I like to laugh.
Click here to watch Helens video https://tinyurl.com/57ckkveu
I’m Jamie, (or JD) and I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a 30 year career involved in the music industry which has enabled me to travel the world and gifted me some incredible memories and life experiences. Although I’ve been studying Therapeutic Counselling since 2016, it wasn’t until the pandemic wiped out the music and arts industry in 2020 that I really started to focus all of my energies towards my current career path.
I became a full-time Counsellor for MIND, working with adults and also young people from 6-16 years of age, visiting many schools in the South Yorkshire area. This led to me being offered the new position of Specialist Bereavement Counsellor for Compass Be in 2022 and it’s great to be part of such a positive and forward-looking team.
Sober since 2006, I’m also passionate about and heavily involved in drug and alcohol recovery work. I’m a really active person, so if I’m not skateboarding, playing football, running or working out, then I love nothing more than hanging out with my family and going to gigs, playing records or watching films with them.
Click here to watch Jamies video https://tinyurl.com/mwk6nf5a
Hi I am Kirsty, Healthy Peer Relationship Practitioner. I am very excited to join Compass Be in this new role to work together with children and young people in the Barnsley area. I have worked in Special Education Needs educational settings for 7 years, with a background in behavioural, Special Educational Mental Health and family support. I have a keen interest in Adverse Childhood Experiences and using a Trauma Informed approach. I love to read, especially researching and understanding about child psychology and the development of the brain, but I also love a good fiction book. In my spare time I like to be outdoors, I like to go for long walks. I have a love for live music and festivals. I really enjoy the work I do and want to make a positive impact.
Click here to watch Kirsty's video https://tinyurl.com/56w46k8v
Hi, I am Vicky the new Healthy Peer Relationship Practitioner ! I am proud to be a part of compass Be and cannot wait to start working with children and young people across Barnsley.
I have spent the last 10 years in a Primary school setting, supporting children both educationally and emotionally.
I specialised in challenging behaviours, SEN, and adverse childhood experiences.
I am interested in neuroscience, particularly the research relating to early development and how social support and positive relationships, can enhance emotional regulation and development in children.
There is a big wide world out there and I love exploring it !!
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and love to have long walks whatever the weather.
Hello! My name is Olivia, or Liv for short, and I am a Educational Mental Health Practitioner at Compass Be.
I have a degree in Education, Psychology and Counselling, and Developmental Psychology. I have a passion for mental health and supporting young people. I have worked in various roles, from a health care assistant on a busy ward, to a 1-1 teaching assistant in a secondary school.
I am excited to be part of the Compass Be Team to support children and young people’s mental health through early intervention and spreading awareness about emotional wellbeing.
I believe in the importance of celebrating individuality, and I aim to help everybody prioritise their own mental health.
When I am not at Compass, I am reading, listening to music, baking, and exploring. I also love to spend time with my family, friends, and my beautiful cocker spaniel Robyn.
Hi, I'm Lauren! I've always loved working in schools with young people but I knew I loved more than just the education and teaching side as I have a huge passion for helping young people emotionally and supporting their mental wellbeing. I have always been known as the 'agony aunt' in my friendship group because I love helping people, and in my free time I love to be with friends and family, walk my beautiful Cocker Spaniel puppy, cook, go on holidays and go shopping!
Click here to watch Lauren's video https://tinyurl.com/5cfy8dud
I love meeting new people and working as part of a team to positively impact the lives of young people. I have a psychology degree and my background is working with young people in hospitals, education and residential homes. I love working closely with schools in Barnsley to improve mental health and well-being. My interests are skincare, makeup and all that good stuff. In my spare time I love eating at restaurants and keeping active at the gym.
Click here to watch Summer's video https://tinyurl.com/yfhpjcjt
Hi, I’m Lisa. I am new to the Compass Be team, but have worked with children, young people, and families for many years based in Barnsley Family Centres. As a Family Support Worker, I was fortunate enough to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children & Young People’ (CYP IAPT). This diploma totally inspired me to take a leap of faith and apply for a new role as Education Mental Health Practitioner here at Compass Be as I am passionate about supporting children and young people to improve mental health and wellbeing.
I am a mum of two (a teen and a young adult) who wouldn’t mind me sharing that they have had their fair share of struggles growing up and unfortunately there was very little education in schools and settings to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Hence, why I am so happy that I can now play a part in other children and young people’s journey and work together with schools to deliver 1:1 and group interventions to make a positive difference.
In my down time, I love to attend festivals and gigs, keeping up with latest interior design trends and forcing myself to the gym…
Click here to watch Lisa's video https://tinyurl.com/4jc6762p
Hi! I’m Paige. I have a background in Psychology, and I have spent the past 4 years working with young people to help support them with their mental health. I really enjoy working with children and young people and I feel very passionate about speaking out about mental health and supporting others with this. Outside of work I enjoy reading, travelling and going to the gym. More often than not you can find me out walking on the weekends with my two fur babies, Ziggy and Winnie.
Hi, I’m Courtney. I have recently joined Compass Be after working within Barnsley Family centres for over 10 years supporting children, young people and families, which I loved. First as an outreach worker and then as family support providing support 1:1 and delivering groups. In 2018, I was given the opportunity to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children & Young People’ (CYP IAPT). The course ignited a new spark and passion within me, and it became my mission to use the knowledge and skills I had learnt and put it into practice. Joining Compass Be for me, was about going straight to the source, by helping children and young people learn to understand and support their own mental health and wellbeing would; in my eyes, ultimately contribute to a better future for the people of Barnsley. Outside of work, I spend time with my family and friends socialising, going for walks or binge watching a good TV series. I’m also a big advocate for self-care and for me that means listening to music or audiobooks, giving myself a little pamper session, cooking etc.
Click here to watch Courtney's video https://tinyurl.com/yc5rrjw4
Hello, I’m Kim and I am a Mental Health Practitioner for Compass Be. I am a paediatric nurse and I have worked with children and families for over 20 years. I have several years of experience and a very keen interest in mental health and emotional wellbeing. I am very passionate about prevention and management of children and young people and their families with mental health difficulties.
My favourite things to do are spending time with my family, escape rooms and a most recent interest is watching women’s football.
Hello, my name is Thompson or Tom for short. I have a degree in Sports Coaching Science and have spent some time coaching in schools. I have a passion for cinema, travel, basketball and sports in general. I have always had a fondness in mental health, and I am very grateful to have been chosen to be part of the Compass Be Team. I will be using my experience to engage and support as many young people as I can.
Click here to watch Thompson's video https://tinyurl.com/4zje7rrp
Hi there! My name is Barney and I am currently training to be an Education Mental Health Practitioner.
I did a Post Graduate Certificate in Education back in 2016 which began my six year career in education teaching at secondary schools. I am really excited to begin working at Compass in Barnsley to follow my passion of supporting the mental health of young people. I believe everybody deserves understanding and compassion, and by investing time in psychoeducation we can create a more mental health aware society.
I like to be active in my spare time: running, hiking or playing sports. I also love to read and even write a poem or two! Whether it is spending time with my partner, friends or family I love to be around people and I can’t wait to get to know the community here in Barnsley.
Hi, I’m James, I’m a Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner for Compass Be. I’ve been working in a school in Sheffield for the past 7 years, and have had a variety of roles, from being a class teacher to a safeguarding and wellbeing support worker, working alongside the school’s pastoral team. For the last few years, my role in school has focussed on working closely with children and young people, helping to support them with any struggles or additional needs they had in school.
I have Masters in Criminology and Social Research Methods, and studied for a PGCE in Primary Education. In my spare time, I’ll often be found walking in the peak district. I’m also a big fan of going to gigs, and try to watch live music as often as I can.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help and support children and young people in Barnsley, I’m excited to join Compass Be, and be a part of some of the amazing work they do.
Hello! I am Sally and I am a Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner at Compass Be.
I’ve worked in schools for over 8 years and love meeting and working with children and young people. In my previous roles, I’ve worked to promote positive mental health in schools and to support those who may be struggling. I look forward to continuing this as part of the fantastic Compass Be team.
I love a good story and in my spare time I like to watch films, binge watch a good series or lose myself in a book. I also love walking, especially near a beautiful lake or along a beach, and spending time with those I love.
Hi, I’m Andrea. I am new to the Compass Be team, but have worked with children, young people, and families for many years based in schools and working for the Local Authority as a Family Support Worker, I have joined compass be team as a trainee and look forward to training at Sheffield University to gain my qualification to become an Education Mental Health Practitioner. I love working with children and young people and supporting them to be able to meet their potential and thrive to become the best person that they can be. I am passionate about improving mental health and wellbeing in children and young people which is what lead me to working at compass Be.
I am a mum of two, both now young adults and living their best lives but have seen the many challenges they have faced growing up in today’s world. This has also been a drive to me wanting to support other young people with their menta health and wellbeing.
I have 2 French bulldogs called Honey and Peanut (because I love eating honey and peanut butter )
I also enjoy going to the gym several times a week, my workouts consist of a mix or cardio and weights to not only keep me physically fit and healthy but to keep my mind healthy too.
I also love to spend time with my family, going for walks, cinema and playing games…
'Hi, my name is Lisa, I joined Compass Be in November 2023 as a Wellbeing Practitioner. I have previously worked in schools as a teacher, head teacher and Bridge Manager, working with children and young people from 3 to 16 years of age. In my spare time I love spending time with family and friends and enjoy walking, reading and travelling.
Hello! I am Ashlea, I am new to Compass (November 2023) and can not wait to start my new role as a Wellbeing Practitioner. I have also recently graduated university after studying “Supporting Children, Young People and Families” for three years. I am very much looking forward to starting my new role, meeting our young people and helping families. I really enjoy working with people and helping them feel happier.
I always like to stay busy and in my spare time I enjoy family days out and adventures with my partner and daughter. In the summer months we enjoy being outside – even in the rain. Our holidays are usually camping in Cornwall. During the winter however we attend Sheffield Steelers (Ice Hockey) games regularly.
Hi, I’m Emma, I have joined Compass Be as an AEMHP. I have worked across Barnsley for a number of years in a variety of educational and community settings. I have experience of establishing, coordinating and delivering social & emotional work in Barnsley schools and community settings and have experience of delivering creative arts-based projects across the borough too. I am excited to have joined the Compass Be team to further develop my knowledge and skills to ensure the best support is available for children and young people in Barnsley. Through my role I want to ensure that there is support in place for children and young people to access early intervention and preventative support for emotional and mental health wellbeing issues and the right support for their mental health needs. I believe that every child and young person is unique and can reach their full potential with the right support. When I’m not working with the Compass Be team, I enjoy the gym and anything creative including singing, dancing, writing stories and poetry!
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