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Compass Birmingham MHST

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Compass is leading the way in supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children, young people, and families in selected educational settings across Birmingham.

Birmingham Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) offers free, and confidential support to Children, Young People and Families with mild to moderate emotional health and wellbeing needs.

Whether it’s feeling sad, scared, worried, or experiencing challenges like anger or frustration, Compass is here to connect you with the right help.

Compass Birmingham MHST works across selected schools in the North and East of Birmingham, working directly with primary and secondary schools to ensure every child and young person has access to the support they need.

How Can We Help You

Our team of compassionate and friendly Practitioners, are here to support you in building coping skills and strategies for a range of issues, including:

  • Low mood and motivation
  • Anxiety and irrational fears
  • Challenging behaviours like angry outbursts or frustration
  • Difficulties in family and peer relationships
  • Adjusting to change and transitions.
  • Managing emotions effectively

Our low-intensity, one-to-one or group support sessions (typically 6-8 sessions tailored to your needs) are available for children and young people aged 5-19 who attend our partner schools.

The service is made up of Education Mental Health Practitioners, Supervising Practitioners, Trainees, and Assistant Practitioners, each bringing expertise from diverse health and education backgrounds. Additionally, we have our newly assembled Specialist Team consisting of professionals, including a Family Practitioner and Healthy Peer Relationships Practitioner  and an Engagement & Equalities Practitioner to provide tailored support where needed.

Click Here to find out how we can help support your child’s wellbeing.

Schools we work with

Birmingham MHST work with a number of schools in the North and East of Birmingham to provide emotional health and wellbeing support for children, young people and families.

Click Here to see the schools we support.

Click Here to view the localities we work in.

How you can access the service

We also welcome Requests for Support for children, young people and families using this form, click here.

Contact Us

At Compass Birmingham MHST, we understand that timely support is crucial. Our office hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. You can reach us at 0121 227 8254 during these times.

Please note that we’re unavailable on weekends and bank holidays.

In case of urgent concerns regarding a child or young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing  Forward Thinking Birmingham is available at 0300 300 0099. Alternatively, you can contact the Birmingham and Solihull 24/7 crisis number on 0800 915 9292. In case of emergencies, please dial 999.

Your mental health matters to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Meet the team

Lucy Marshall

Team Leader

Francis Dodd

Team Leader

Rachel Haynes

Clinical Operations Manager

Marissa Byng

Specialist Team Lead

Joe Bertram

Schools Practitioner

Ozias Smith

School Practitioner

Fizza Zaidi

Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist

Chante Spooner

Engagement and Equalities Practitioner

Chloe Daplyn

Assistant Education Mental Health Practitioner

Latisha Sidhu

Healthy Peer Relationships Practitioner

Shareen Akhtar

Families Practitioner

Yve Spray

Assistant Education Mental Health Practitioner

Aneesa Kulsoom

Supervising Practitioner

Chelsie Cater

Supervising Practitioner

Monique Joseph

Trainee Education and Mental Health Practitioner

Helen Forbes

Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner

Clare Jones

Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner

Ashleigh Baker

Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner