Innovative support for children and young people recognised at the BBC Make a Difference Awards

Published on: 22nd September 2022

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) which provide mental health support in over 80 schools in Lincolnshire, have won the Together Award at the BBC Make a Difference Awards 2022.

The teams have been selected by the judges for their new ways of working with young people, including creating a podcast covering a range of emotional wellbeing topics as well as their ongoing support to children, young people and their families.

The teams deliver workshops, training, and one-to-one support, working with teachers and college staff to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.

Hayley Slater, Interim Service Manager of the CYP Emotional Wellbeing Service, said:

“It is absolutely brilliant that the teams have achieved this award, and that their hard work, dedication and creativity has been recognised.

“This is testament to how well our MHST staff work collaboratively with education settings, children and young people, and their families, to ensure they are supported with their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs.” 

One parent whose child accessed support with MHST, said:

“MHST have been really supportive from start to finish. I wouldn’t be where I am now or have the relationship with my child if it wasn’t for the involvement of the team.

“My child engaged in sessions and the impact on family life had been amazing. It was a lifeline for our family.”

To find out more about mental health support for children and young people in Lincolnshire, visit the LPFT website at and listen to the MHST podcast at


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