Who are we?
Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are a new service designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people in selected education settings i.e. Schools and Colleges.
Teams are made up of professionals called Clinical Lead Practitioners and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). These are workers who have had specialised training to support young people presenting with a wide range of mental health issues, and they work closely with schools/colleges and other children and young people's services.
How do we find out more?
MHSTs, along with all Children and Young People’s (CYP) Services in Lincolnshire, are working hard to make our services as accessible as possible to young people, so you can access the right support at the right time. For more information about what support is available to you, please speak to your school/college to find what services are available.
If you are not open to any of our services, and are struggling with your mental health, and want to talk to a mental health professional to find out what supports are available, please contact our Here4You line on 0800 234 6342 or find out more about self referral on our webpage.
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Podcasts
Our Mental Health Support Team (MHST) have launched a brand new podcast to promote positive mental health for children and young people! It is now available on several platforms including Spotify and Google Podcasts! The #MHSTpodcast will include hints and tips on promoting positive mental health and different ways to get involved with our monthly awareness topics.
- How to show yourself self-love
- Health and nutrition
- Stress busters
Mindfulness and grounding activity
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about noticing what’s happening right now and being aware of the present moment. We can do this by using our senses to explore the world around us. Mindfulness helps us to focus, regulate our emotions and help us to respond rather than react.
How can mindfulness help us?
Mindfulness can help us to deal with things in a calmer way and can help us with decision making and problem solving. People who practice mindfulness are likely to sleep better, be more focused and aware. Mindfulness can also help us to be kinder and more compassionate, as well as helping us to build relationships with others.
5-4-3-2-1 grounding is a great way to practice mindfulness as it is an exercise that can be done anywhere and at any time and doesn’t require any equipment.
How to do 5-4-3-2-1 grounding
- Look around and name five things that you can see around you. These could be a picture on the wall or a plant in the house. Think about the colours and shapes of what you are looking at. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?
- Focus on four things that you can feel. This could be the chair you are sitting on or the feel of your clothes on your skin. Think about how they feel, are they soft or hard? Smooth or rough? Cold or warm?
- Name three things that you can hear around you. You may be able to hear people outside or the wind blowing. Think about how loud or quiet the noises are. Are they noises you hear often?
- Notice two things that you can smell around you right now. This could be a flower, the smell of your clothes or the shampoo in your hair. Think about what you like about that smell.
- Focus on one thing that you can taste. If you can't taste anything, then instead you can choose your favourite thing to taste.