St Helens Emotional Wellbeing Support Offer 2022/23


Support Access and Contacts:

Service What support is available? Who can access? How can you access? Who can refer?
5-19 Service – School Health Nurses Weekly confidential drop in at secondary schools and termly at primary schools. Support for initial concerns regarding low mood, thoughts of self-harm, concerns regarding bullying, weight issues. School nurse will devise a plan and or referrals made and ask to follow a young person up each week. During lockdown – school nurses have been telephoning young people. Referral from school – SN will arrange to see the young person


At secondary schools, drop is available for all school children. Primary school drop ins are for parents/ carers to access


Drop ins are advertised by the school for young people/ parents/ carers to attend

Schools have School Nurse referral form if they require support from the school health service


Mental Health Role- Education and support for 0-19 practitioners when working with children, YP and parents that with emotional/ mental health concerns.


BMH Role – Emotional resilience for children identified as needing additional support by school.


Self-referral and Professional referral
Youth Mental Health Toolkit Young people have helped to shape a new wellbeing support kit called #GrowYourHappy. The online kit is an easy to digest page filled with ideas for young people to embrace taking care of their mental health. It includes everything from playlist recommendations to links to resources to get specialised help. It takes a positive look at the things young people can do to take care and look after their mental wellbeing.


The online space which is a pamphlet has been created by the Youth Council of St Helens and has been tailored by young people for young people including suggestions of how to be kind and positive messages to inspire your day.


Any young person looking for emotional wellbeing support created by other young people You can see the work of the young people and join your messages and tips online at Self-referral
Thoughtscape – First Stop For Your Mental Health Thoughtscape is a collaborative service offer for emotional wellbeing, resilience and mental health support for children and young people in St Helens. This offer will provide support and interventions to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems including anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. The three main service delivery partners within this offer are the Resilience Teams (Barnardo’s), Mental Health Support Teams (NHS) and Kooth.


This offer results in easier, early access to support when a child or young person is struggling with their emotional health or wellbeing. The collaborative approach means there will be no ‘wrong front door’ to the support they need as providers and services will work together to deliver the best and most appropriate support when it’s needed, regardless of who they initially seek the support from. We are also proud that the name and strapline for this collaboration were created and selected by the children and young people of St Helens.


Various – please see Kooth, Mental Health Support Teams and Resilience Teams. Access to support is available through Resilience Teams, MHSTs or Kooth. Various – please see Kooth, Mental Health Support Teams and Resilience Teams.
Kooth – Online Counselling and Support


Kooth is an, online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. This service is anonymous and free at the point of use.


There is also a wealth of useful support and information, the ability to be creative and share your experiences and moderated forums to discuss with others who may be feeling the same.


Any Children and Young People aged 11-25 years.


You can access this online via the website at 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Counsellors are available from:

Midday to 10pm Monday to Friday

6pm – 10pm at Weekends.


Mental Health Support Teams This resource has two teams currently allocated to St Helens. The Mental Health Support Teams will provide mental health support in the school setting with specific training from Health Education England. They offer CBT and other talking therapies in one-to-one and group formats and work in tandem with the Resilience Teams Service.


This first wave team allocated to St Helens covers the following schools: Cowley International College, St Augustine’s of Canterbury Catholic High School, St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, De La Salle Secondary School and the ~13 feeder primaries of Cowley College, St Augustine’s of Canterbury and St Cuthbert’s.


Our second team will ultimately cover Rainford high, Haydock High and their feeder primary schools once fully trained but as of March 2022 this team is supporting Rainford High, Haydock High, Rainford Brook Lodge, Alison Street and Legh Vale.


Mental Health Support Team contacts

Lisa Simpson – Operational Manager –

Gel Sutton – Team Leader –

All school age children and young people up to the age of 18 years within schools who have been part of the Mental Health Support Team roll out. Access is available through a referral to the service using this referral form.


Professional referral

St Helens MHST Referral Form

Resilience Teams Service The Resilience Teams Service, commissioned with Barnardo’s, has been live from April 2021. This provision provides the wrap around emotional health and wellbeing support for clusters of secondary schools and Primary Care Networks, with a nominated point of contact, drop-in sessions delivered for children and young people along with sessions for parents/carers; standardised training and education for professionals using recognised programmes; and whole school resilience building working closely with school nursing, CAMHS and PATHS. The aim is to strengthen prevention work, provide evidence based interventions, drop in sessions for children, young people, families and staff, signposting to local provision and ensuring timely access to specialist services where required.


This comprises of two Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Teams: Central and Circumference, based out of one of the secondary schools and a health centre. The teams are comprised of 1 senior practitioner, 4 practitioners and admin support with an overarching management structure.


Resilience Teams contacts:

Mia Leyland –  – Team Manager

Allison Lyon –  – Operational Manager

All school aged children and young people that attend a St Helens school and/or are registered with St Helens GP Through a referral or drop-in session within secondary schools and GP Practices.


More information, including the referral form, can be found on the follow webpage:

Self-referral and Professional referral

Resilience Service Referral Form



Neurodevelopmental Pathway The Neurodevelopment Pathway Team work assess children and young people with complex neurodevelopmental difficulties, who require a multi-agency assessment to gain a better understanding of their needs. This process may or may not lead to a formal diagnosis, but will inform an appropriate care plan to meet the specific needs of the individual going forwards. All school age children and young people up to the age of 18 years Referrals from all professionals who work with children and young people including GPs, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, schools etc. A referral should be completed jointly between the professionals and parent/carer or you can contact the team for existing referrals or appointments on  01744 646 517.


If you know a child or young person who would benefit from a multi-agency pathway assessment, please make an appointment with your school’s specialist educational needs coordinator (SENCO), GP or other professional who can discuss this with you.


Professional referral

NDP Referral Form


Listening Ear Children and young people specific bereavement and domestic violence support. Both services also have access to an Emotional Youth Club which can be accessed by individuals during and after their treatment:


Butterflies – offers group counselling for children and young people affected by bereavement or other forms of loss (such as divorce and family separation), including Primary or Secondary school aged specific groups. 1:1 Therapy is offered and this can also be provided virtually.


Titanium – offers therapy, training, support, advice and guidance to Children we Look After (CLA) and edge of care children, and their family units, with a history of domestic abuse and/or violence. The aims include addressing previous trauma and adverse childhood experiences, whilst also providing support for their foster carers and families.


Aged 17 and under (with the exception of those with SEND where the criteria will extend 0-25 years) To make a new referral, complete a simple online form at:


To make a referral to Titanium Service please email who will then advise you on the information required and the easiest way to provide it.


For advice on making a referral, please email



Self-referral and Professional referral
YMCA St Helens





The service aim is to listen and to empower young people to know how to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing, including supporting them to reflect upon and become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, promoting wellbeing techniques whilst supporting the young people to gain a more positive mental wellbeing and emotional resilience. The one-to-one support is complimented by a weekly “peer support group” offering a chance for service users to come together with their peers Young people aged 12 to 18 Please find referral and further information at: Self-referral and Professional referral

The Listening Service Information PDF



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services


(Mersey Care CAMHS and Barnardo’s BOSS)

Working in tandem, CAMHS and Barnardo’s work with young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties, and their families. They provide specialist face to face therapies, including whole family holistic therapy, and also offer telephone consultations and virtual sessions. Other therapies include counselling, art and play therapy and solution focused interventions, and group work. Children and young people up to the age of 18. A shared referral form needs to be completed by a professional that knows the individual and referred into the single point of access –


Contact the services on 01925 579405 if you need to discuss an individual already referred or which has an existing appointment with the service. Both services are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.


Professional referral

CYPMHS St Helens Referral Form


Young People’s Community Eating Disorder Service This service provides assessment, treatment and support for young people with eating disorders and their families.


It aims to promote the early detection and treatment of eating disorders through a combination of one-to-one support and family therapy, along with support from a qualified dietitian. The service also offers group sessions and virtual contact to suit the needs of the individual.


Children and young people age 8 to 18 who have symptoms of an eating disorder. Please contact the service on 0151 430 1321 or complete a referral form and submit into the service via Professional referral

Referral Form

Crisis Response Team The CAMHS Crisis Response Team provides immediate crisis response and management out of hours for individuals who require urgent mental health support. With contact and follow-up care plans co-ordinated by the team.


Children and young people up to the age of 18.


A professional can contact the CAMHS Response Team every day until 9pm, on 01744 627 618. Professional referral
Urgent Mental Health Support Line If you or somebody you know of is in crisis, you can call the Urgent Mental Health Support Line at any time. The Crisis Response Team will still be available for face-to-face support if essential – risk assessments will be undertaken regarding these cases.


Accessible to all ages in need of Urgent Mental Health support. Contact number 0800 051 1508 – accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


SHOUT Text service Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. They support people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support. Accessible to all ages Text REACH to 85258 Self-Referral
Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources for Teachers and Teaching Staff This publication has been produced by the DfE to help teachers and teaching staff in schools, colleges and FE providers with sources of mental health and wellbeing support to assist them to get the help and support they may need in response to any feelings they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. All – online resources PDF Link Resources
Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS®)


The PATHS® Programme for Schools is a programme for educators and counsellors designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills. The programme consists of a variety of lessons, and additional materials and charts. Children who attend a school enrolled in the programme The following 13 schools are enrolled on the programme at varying stages of implementation/maturity:

Ashurst Primary, Broad Oak Primary, Carr Mill Primary, Eaves Primary, Garswood Primary, Holy Cross Catholic Primary, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary, Lyme Community Primary, Merton Bank Primary, Nutgrove Methodist Primary, Rectory C of E Primary, St Mary’s Blackbrook and Corpus Christi.

Primary schools can register interest to participate