Who are we?
Our West Essex, Children and Young People Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is here to support education settings in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford. We help to promote positive mental health within primary, secondary and higher education settings within these areas. Our MHST is part of the Government’s Green Paper initiative; ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’.
How can I access your service?
We have three teams working across Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford Districts.
Please speak to the Mental Health Lead in your setting as they will also be able to make a referral for you.
Each team is commissioned to work with twenty education settings and we can ONLY accept referrals from the schools signed up to the MHST programme.
Clavering Primary School
Debden CofE Primary Academy
Dunmow St Marys Primary School
Great Chesterford CoE Primary Academy
Hatfield Heath Primary School
Henham & Ugley Primary and Nursery School
Katherine Semar Infant and Junior Schools (SW)
Magna Carta Primary Academy (Stansted)
Newport Primary School (Newport)
R A Butler Primary School
Rose Acres (Takeley)
St Mary’s CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School(SW)
St Marys CofE Foundation Primary School (Stansted)
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School (SW)
Thaxted Primary School
Saffron Walden County High School
Joyce Frankland Academy Newport
Helena Romanes School
Forest Hall School Stansted
Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery
The Downs Primary School
Hare Street Community Primary School & Nursery
Henry Moore Primary School
Harlowbury Primary School
Jerounds Primary Academy
Little Parndon Primary Academy
Longwood Primary Academy
Milwards Primary School
Potter Street Academy
Purford Green Primary School
St. James’ CofE Primary School
Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pemberley Academy Tanys Dell Primary School
William Martin CofE Junior, Infant and Nursery School
Sir Frederick Gibberd College
Burnt Mill Academy
Mark Hall Academy
Chipping Ongar Primary School
Coopersale and Theydon Garnon CofE Primary School
Epping Forest Primary
Hereward Primary School
High Beech CofE Primary School
High Ongar Primary School
Hillhouse CofE Primary School
Ivy Chimney’s primary School
Leverton Primary School
Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery
Limes Farm Junior School
Ongar primary School
Roydon Primary School
Stapleford Abbotts Primary School
Staples Primary School
The Alderton Junior School
Thomas Willingale Primary School and Nursery
Upshire Primary Foundation School
Waltham Holy Cross Primary School
White Bridge Primary School
Davenant Foundation School
Debden Park High School
Epping St John’s CofE School
King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy
New City College
Roding Valley High School
The Ongar Academy
West Hatch High School
What do we do?
In primary schools we focus on child anxiety or challenging behaviour and the work is carried out with the parent. These interventions are for ages 4-11. We also offer our Brain Buddies course for years 4,5 and 6. Brain Buddies is an emotional regulation course which teaches children to recognise emotions and develop skills to tackle big feelings in their lives.
In secondary schools we focus on adolescent anxiety or low mood and the work is carried out directly with the young person. We deliver the Mind and Mood course which is always well received by students and teachers. We also run workshops and drop-ins for young people where appropriate.
An example of the same service in Hull:
We run regular parent workshops (online and in person) for anxiety and challenging behaviour and these are for parents to support their primary school age children.
In consultation with education settings, we provide workshops for school staff too on a variety of well-being topics.
Additionally, we work with local organisations such as Changing Lives, Young Carers and Harlow Youth Council to promote positive mental health.
If you would like more information, then please email the team at: