Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team

The Fylde MHST launches

The Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team (MHST) launches


The Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is a new service to support children, young people and their families in achieving good mental health and wellbeing.

Funding has been received to establish two Mental Health Support Teams – one which will cover education settings in Blackpool and one which will cover education settings in Wyre (secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and students under 19 at Blackpool and the Fylde College).

In the first year, whilst our Education Mental Health Practitioners (EHMPs) are completing their training, the teams will work with a smaller number of participating schools. In Year 2 (2022 – 23), the number of students and schools able to access support from the MHST will increase – if you would like further information about this please contact our Service Manager, Helen Hardacre at bfwh.shine-mhst@nhs.net


MHST - activity in schools

A range of activity is led by the team

How can we help?

  • We will talk to children and young people and/or their parent or carer about what they are finding difficult
  • We might work with children and young people directly or with their parent or carer to help their child feel better
  • We might put children and young people or their parent or carer in touch with other professionals who can support them
  • We might give advice to staff at a school or college to help children and young people get the right support and stay in education

What can we help with?

Anxiety and Worry

Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of worry, fear, and panic. As well as emotions and feelings, children and young people might:

  • Experience physical (body) sensations such as a racing heart, breathing fast, sweaty hands, dry mouth and feeling shaky.
  • Have “what if” or negative thoughts pop into their head. It’s normal to feel anxious when in a dangerous situation but it can become a problem if they feel worried all the time or if these feelings begin to get in the way of them doing things they enjoy. This can be a sign that they may need some extra support.

Low mood

Children and young people with low mood might:

  • feel down, very sad or numb for a long period of time
  • feel like this because they are going through a hard time at school or at home
  • feel low without any obvious reason, feeling sad, stressed, hopeless, lonely, angry or empty
  • feel bad about themselves, others or the world
  • find it hard to look after themselves or struggle to concentrate at school or college

The good news is that we have tools to support them and help them to feel better.


The Mental Health Support Team works with local schools

The Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team (MHST) works with local schools

How do children and young people get help?

Children and young people should talk to their teacher/ tutor who will be able to make a referral for them.

We will contact them or their parents/carers to discuss the difficulties they are experiencing, look at what they would like to change and offer them support.



Opening hours

Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team (MHST) operates 8.30 am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

For more information about Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team (MHST):

  • T: 0800 121 7762 Option 4
  • Email: bfwh.shine-mhst@nhs.net


Fylde Coast Mental Health Support Team (MHST) does not offer support in a crisis so if you need to speak to someone urgently about your mental health you could contact:

  • 999 in an emergency if you need urgent life-threatening medical treatment or if you feel unsafe and unable to protect yourself from harm
  • A&E if you require urgent life-threatening emergency medical attention and an ambulance cannot be contacted
  • The Young Minds Crisis Messenger text service, for free 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
  • The Child and Adolescent Support and Help Enhanced Response (CASHER) team on 07810 696565
  • NHS111 (phone: 111)
  • Childline – www.childline.org.uk (phone: 0800 1111 or text ‘shout’ to 85258)
  • Samaritans – www.samaritans.org (phone: 116123)


MHST activity in schools

The team visits a local school