Mental Health Support Teams

St. Mary’s are delighted to welcome Laura Redford to our school team. Laura is a member of Oldham’s MHST (Mental Health Support Teams) The service promotes the early detection and prevention of mental health issues across the schools population by providing direct, ongoing support around mental health and wellbeing, including face-to-face support for pupils with mild to moderate mental health needs.

The teams will also deliver training for school staff to help them support their pupils; to encourage good mental wellbeing and resilience across the school and provide guidance around issues such as bullying and coping with exam stress.

The teams will work alongside other staff and professionals who already provide mental health support in schools such as:

  • School nurses
  • Educational psychologists
  • School counsellors
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Social workers

When it comes to mental health, early intervention and noticing the warning signs is paramount. Introducing this service will enable staff working closest to pupils to recognise and act on any early signs they may see.

It allows the child or young person as much time and support as possible for them to build the important coping mechanisms they need in order to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Councillor Shaid Mushtaq, Oldham Council Portfolio Lead for Education, said of the MHST: “Oldham is leading the way in Greater Manchester and beyond in tackling mental health issues among our young people and this is another significant piece of work that will benefit them.

“Schools and colleges already do a tremendous amount of work in this area and this extra funding and resource will help them do even more.”

If you have a mental health concern regarding your child please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or ask to speak to Mrs O’Leary our school wellbeing co-ordinator.