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We are working with schools to support the mental health of children and young people

We have been successful in securing funding to implement two Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTss) in the borough.

What the MHSTs will do

They will help children and young people who are struggling with their mental health by providing more joined-up care and support across schools, colleges and specialist NHS services.

The teams will work with Lewisham schools to:

  • ensure children and young people reach their learning potential
  • tailor services when responding to the range of needs experienced by vulnerable young people
  • try to lessen the effect of poverty and disadvantage faced by Lewisham families.

This is part of the Link Programme, a four-year scheme led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and funded by a multi-million pound government investment. 1,500 schools and colleges have piloted the programme since it launched in 2015, and it is now being introduced to trailblazer sites around the country.

Transforming lives for the better

Managing Director of NHS Lewisham CCG, Martin Wilkinson, said ‘Many people are affected by life-long mental health challenges that often manifest themselves in childhood. That’s why I’m delighted that Lewisham has been selected as a trailblazer site, giving us the opportunity to build upon the existing work that we’re doing.’

‘This is an exciting opportunity for us to make a tangible and positive difference to the lives of Lewisham’s young people. The benefits from good mental health and wellbeing will have an impact for many years to come, transforming lives for the better.’

Lewisham Council Cabinet Member for Children, Councillor Chris Barnham, said ‘We want to give our children and young people the best possible start in life. With the pressures on young people, mental health and wellbeing support is vital. I’m pleased that this extra funding will help schools, colleges and health services work better together, so that children can get mental health support when they need it.’

For more information, visit the NHS England website.

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