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About Us

About Us

The Changing Lives Service is part of a national trailblazer project, funded by the Government as part of its ambitious plans to transform children and young people’s mental health as cited in the NHS Long-Term Plan.

Changing Lives Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) offer early intervention mental health support to children and young people in schools.

Our MHSTs work with 0 to 17-year-olds with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We help them manage low mood, anxiety, sleep problems, stress and change. 

We also support 18 to 25-year-olds who have left care or who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

 How it Works

 Six schools in Derby and Derbyshire are home to our MHST Centres of Excellence. Each has a specialist team of Educational Mental Health Practitioners.

Our Centres of Excellence are:

  • The Bolsover school
  • Lady Manners School
  • Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy
  • Kingsmead Special School and PRU, Derby
  • The Bemrose School
  • Noel-Baker L.E.A.D Academy

MHSTs support staff, pupils, parents and carers at the host school and across all of their feeder schools. You can find a full list of feeder schools here on our website. 

Each MHST offers evidence-based interventions that help children and young people with their mental health and emotionally wellbeing. They also provide expert advice to school staff and leadership teams. Doing this ensures a while school approach to mental health provision.

Our goal is to make sure children and young people get the right support at a time and place that works for them. We also want to build strong relationships with schools; we work closely with every member of school staff to make sure children get the best possible support. We also have strong links with local authorities and other mental health organisations.