What is the role of the Mental Health Support in Education (MHSE) Teams?

The MHSE teams provide early intervention for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, such as anxiety, behavioural difficulties or friendship issues. They also support staff within school and college settings.

One of the teams – the transition team – provide specific support to vulnerable children and young people at risk of developing poor mental health around the transition to secondary school or further education, training and employment, during the transition from primary to secondary education in Year 6 and 7, and at the end of secondary school in Year 11. They do this through one-to-one support and group sessions focused around managing anxiety and emotional distress.

The MHSE Teams are made up of xxxx Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). Based at the YPAS hubs, these three teams work together with mental health leads from each school to focus solely on providing mental health support into the city’s primary schools. They provide low-level interventions for children showing early signs of anxiety, low-mood and mild depression.


What is the Whole School Approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing in Liverpool?

By adopting a whole-school approach, children, young people and staff benefit from a culture that’s focused on supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing throughout their educational journey. A Whole School Approach embeds this culture at the heart of the setting, from providing early identification and intervention,  staff training and wider family support.  The MHSE Teams support schools to adopt this approach


*The programme is being overseen by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working in close partnership with Liverpool City Council, Education (through Liverpool Learning Partnership) and the Liverpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) partnership.



Seedlings was established in response to the local and national priorities (Liverpool Transformation Plan and Future in Mind Strategy) to provide an early intervention response to address the mental health and emotional well-being needs of children in primary school education.

  • Talking therapies
  • Art therapies
  • Parental support and consultation
  • Family support and consultation
  • Consultation, support and resources to help staff address the presentations of mental distress

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