NHS collaborates with Lincolnshire County Council to expand mental health services

NHS Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) will be expanding their services in an effort to improve mental health and emotional well-being for young people throughout Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) will be deploying new teams in and around Spalding from September 2023, and Grantham and Sleaford from January 2024. The supporting teams will join the existing teams operating in Lincoln, Gainsborough, Boston and Skegness.

The service is working in collaboration with Lincolnshire County Council and the NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board with the aim of ensuring that children and young people receive the right support whilst in education, and to promote positive mental health.

The MHSTs will also build on the existing support networks currently available to young people such as the Kooth Online Counselling Service, Healthy Minds Lincolnshire and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE, executive member for children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the need for children and young people’s mental health services both nationally and locally. The council and its partners fund a wide range of services to promote and provide support for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.”

Lynne Tyblewski, MHST Team Coordinator, said: “Since our first MHSTs launched in 2020, our specialised, passionate and creative staff have developed workshops, assemblies, teacher training, and parent/carer sessions to help support children and their families in the community.”