Mental health in schools

NHS England and the Department of Education have joined forces to launch a multimillion pound joint mental health pilot scheme for schools.  The Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilots will test a named single point of contact in 255 schools and in 22 pilot areas, meaning more joined up working between schools and health services.

The single point of contact in the schools will be responsible for developing closer relationships with a counterpart in local NHS children and adult mental health services to improve knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, and to help ensure any referrals are timely and appropriate.

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The pilot is part of the vision set out in the Future in Mind report, which made a number of proposals on how mental health services for children and young people could be improved.

 

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