Mental health support teams have been launched in schools in Newark, Sherwood, Bassetlaw and Broxtowe giving extra access to 64,000 young people in Nottinghamshire.

A successful pilot that was created in December 2019 has been extended every year since and covers now every area of the county.

Mental health services teams are staffed by professionals from Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Nottingham City Council. The funding has been secured by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bassetlaw CCG. The aim is to work with children and young people with mild to moderate emotional, mental health and well-being difficulties.

  • There are over 100,000 pupils in primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire
  • Over 25,000 pupils have a diagnosable mental health disorder at any one time
  • Mental health support teams are an early intervention mental health and wellbeing service in schools aimed at providing support for children, young people and families. Their work is delivered on a 1:1 and group/workshop basis

Julie Attfield, executive director of mental health of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said: “Ensuring children and young people have easier and quicker access to effective mental health support is essential and the earlier mental health problems are identified the better the health outcome.

“With this in mind, we’re thrilled to continue the rollout of our hugely successful mental health support teams across the county and we’re really excited about further plans to invest in mental health services in the future.

“Since the teams started in 2019, they have trailblazed some innovative and creative initiatives that have made a real difference to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.”

The plan is to make mental health support teams fully operational by establishing a further three teams in the city and two in the county by January 2025. They will cover approximately 250 schools across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham city.