Young people on the Fylde Coast who are struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing will soon benefit from new support teams based in schools.

Two Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) will support pupils at secondary schools, special schools and pupil referral units in Blackpool and Wyre, as well as students at Blackpool and the Fylde College (up to their 19th birthday).

The teams will support those who are experiencing emotional or wellbeing issues such as low-level anxiety, low mood, or friendship or behavioural difficulties, to ensure they don’t escalate to more serious mental health issues.

They will work with pupils either face to face or in groups. They will also give advice to school staff and parents to help children get the right support and remain in education. Where necessary, the teams will work alongside specialist services.

The Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were successful in bidding for NHS England (NHSE) funding to create the new teams which are part of a wider NHSE programme.

CCG staff will be working with mental health teams, headteachers and teachers, parent representatives, partners and third sector organisations from Blackpool and Wyre to develop and establish the new service.

Recruitment is currently taking place and the teams will undertake training, including casework within some schools, from September, before becoming fully operation the following year.

Senior commissioning manager for mental health for the Fylde Coast CCGs, Lesley Tiffen, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be developing this incredibly important service. Now, more than ever, supporting our young people with their emotional and mental wellbeing is just so important.

“By offering this support in schools and colleges, we will help pupils to achieve the best educational outcomes and reduce the chance of them developing more serious mental health issues in later in life.”

For more information about the MHSTs please the CCGs’ website Mental Health Support Teams | Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups (fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk)