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New school mental health and wellbeing service to launch in Yorkshire next month

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A new mental health and wellbeing service for schools is launching next month in North Yorkshire, under a partnership between NHS commissioners and the local authority.

The North Yorkshire School Mental Health and Wellbeing service will school staff and key partners trained, coached and mentored on the use of brief interventions and targeted group work.

“We’re very aware of recent media coverage about the emerging mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people”

Janet Probert

The service will also work with individual children and young people who are experiencing low level anxiety or depression through evidenced-based brief interventions on a one-to-one and group basis.

The aim is to build their resilience, learn new ways of coping and support referrals to specialist services where necessary, said those behind the scheme.

It is a collaborative project between Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, Harrogate and Rural District CCG, Scarborough and Ryedale CCG and Vale of York CCG, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.

It will be provided from April by Compass, the independent provider of school nursing services, substance misuse treatment and other community-based health and wellbeing services.

The service will be employing a new team that will work in close collaboration with colleagues in related services, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and a team of young people’s nurses from Compass’ existing REACH service.

Compass service manager Lisa Gale said: “We are now extremely proud to be launching the new school mental health and wellbeing project in partnership with local CCGs.

“We are very much looking forward to developing close and positive relationships with all stakeholders in the months and years ahead, in order to improve and strengthen the support offered to children and young people in relation to emotional and mental health issues and to achieve improved outcomes,” she said.

County councillor Janet Sanderson said: “This new service from Compass will support schools to be even more confident in responding to emotional wellbeing issues.”

Hambleton, Richmond and Whitby CCG

New Yorkshire school mental health and wellbeing service

Janet Probert

Janet Probert, a nurse and chief officer of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, added: “We’re very aware of recent media coverage about the emerging mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people.

“In 2015 a government document called Future in Mind was published, which described a commitment to transform services that work with children and young people by 2020,” she noted.

“We’re now at the very forefront of these plans which are being implemented in North Yorkshire, and very much look forward to working with Compass and our partners,” said Ms Probert, who has worked in various senior nursing and executive roles across the region.

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