Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be implementing NHS England’s new Trailblazer programme, which will roll out mental health support in schools to help both pupils and staff create an environment of mental wellbeing.
Together with Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the CCG successfully bid for funding to create new Mental Health Support Teams in schools, as set out in the Children and Young People Mental Health Green Paper and Long-Term Plan for the NHS
NHS England is leading the establishment of Mental Health Support Teams to develop models of early intervention for mild to moderate mental health issues and to support young people and school staff to identify potential signs of mental distress before they escalate.
Pupils struggling with mental health will benefit from more joined up care and support across schools and specialist NHS services, in a national roll out of the £9.3 million training scheme.
Blackburn with Darwen and Morecambe Bay are two of 48 successful trailblazer sites in the second wave of Government’s Trailblazers programme to put experts in schools and other education establishments recruiting 120 new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) from September 2019.
Blackburn with Darwen has secured additional funding to create two MHSTs for secondary schools and colleges. The Support Teams will provide one to one and group therapy for mild to moderate mental health issues, give timely advice to school and college staff, as well as liaise with specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.
Dr Penny Morris, Medical Director at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been successful in our bid for trailblazer funding to support young people suffering with poor mental health within Blackburn with Darwen. Offering more support to young people in schools at a much earlier stage, will help them to achieve the best educational outcomes and reduce the chance of them developing more serious mental health issues in later in life.”