‘Be You’ is a new programme focusing on schools which is designed to improve and support the mental health and wellbeing of young people; enabling them to build emotional resilience and identify issues early.
Initially this programme will be delivered in the areas of Blyth and Hexham, but if it’s successful we hope to expand it countywide.
What is the purpose of the ’Be you’ mental health support team?
Our team is aimed at supporting teachers to enhance mental health provision within schools so we’re here to give advice and act as a bridge to other services. But more than anything we are here to help young people develop healthy habits towards mental health and, where necessary, offer support at an early stage.
Who will support the programme in each school as part of the ‘Be You’ team?
- Senior mental health leads
The primary contact point for the ‘Be You’ team within schools and supporting mental health and wellbeing day to day in their school
- Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP’s)
Work directly with individuals and groups of children and young people at risk of developing mild emotional difficulties
- Primary Metal Health Workers (PMHW’s)
Undertake interventions with individuals for moderate mental health needs and support other professionals through advice and training
- Educational psychologists and assistant psychologist
Working with schools to develop whole schools approaches and delivering enhancements to staff knowledge and skills in this area.
- Senior mental health lead co-ordinator
A qualified teacher, the role will support the senior mental health leads, chairing peer support group meetings and making sure learning is shared.
- Peer educator
Works to develop peer mentors so young people can help each other manage their own mental health and provide support when emotional difficulties arise.
How does the ‘Be You’ programme work with existing services?
All other services currently available to schools and young people to support their emotional health and wellbeing continue to exist. This means the Early Help, SEND Support, NHS services and voluntary organisations continue to operate alongside ‘Be You’. We’re something extra – not a replacement.
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