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Mental Health

We understand that children and young people can feel worries, stress and pressures where they live — and where they learn. Middlesbrough Children’s Services work with our partners in Middlesbrough to help children and young people understand that they’re not alone when they become worried about their emotional health and mental health.

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HeadStart Middlesbrough

Headstart was introduced in Middlesbrough in 2013 with the purpose of Giving all children and young people in South Tees the necessary support to build resilience to achieve good emotional health. Headstart Support young people aged 0-19 to cope in better in difficult circumstances and do well in school and in life through -

  • Building resilience in young people to prevent the onset of common mental health problems.
  • Learning from different approaches and contribute to an evidence base for investment in prevention and early intervention.
  • Developing an early intervention and prevention model to provide support in school, at home, in the community and virtually.
  • Developing a co-production model with children and their families.
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South Tees Single Point of Access (SPOC) for mental health difficulties.

Tess Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust are managing a single point of contact for children and young people’s mental health. The single point of contact (SPOC) launched on 30.09.20.
The purpose of the SPOC is to -

  • Have a single point of contact for all referrals
  • Enable referees to access mental health expertise
  • To facilitate the emotional containment of families/professionals
  • Triage all referrals to ensure the appropriate response
  • Ensure all referrals for help are assessed through clinical decision making
  • Provide advice and guidance for self help
  • Sign posting to the most appropriate source of support
  • Referral on to the most suitable organisation as appropriate (may be to VCS partners, HeadStart or Specialist NHS CAMHS amongst others) to prevent delay in accessing support

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Every Mind Matters

Our partners in the NHS aim to help children and those that care for children take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. Here you’ll find helpful tips on coping with worries, staying at home and how to look after a child’s mental health.