Welcome to Early Help 4 Mental Health
Devon’s new EH4MH service aims to improve access to mental health support. This improvement is targeted in two distinct ways. Firstly, our aim is to improve access to direct support for young people. Secondly, our aim is to provide DCC school staff with regular access to psychoeducation in various forms, including mental health consultation, clinical supervision and training.
Who we are
The Early Help for Mental Health (EH4MH) service funding has been secured by Devon County Council and Public Heath for the next 5 years. EH4MH is being delivered by 3 partner agencies working together. The partner agencies involved in delivering EH4MH are:
What can EH4MH offer?
Virgin Care currently delivers the Integrated Children’s Services in Devon on behalf of the NHS and Devon County Council and will coordinate the EH4MH service alongside the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Virgin Care’s EH4MH Practitioners are available to support schools in a variety of ways:
- Able to work with leadership teams in their mission to reduce stigma associated with mental health
- Able to work with staff aiming to improve their own awareness of symptoms potentially indicating deteriorating mental health among the children and young people in their care
- Able to work with staff in mental health consultation to improve and promote interventions from a range of services and agencies relevant to potentially attend the emerging mental health needs of children and young people.
- Able to offer school staff access to clinical based supervision which focusses on creating an opportunity for reflective conversation with a targeted outcome of unique strength finding and resilience building. For more information click here.
Young Devon currently provide a range of services for young people. Their EH4MH contribution sees an increase in the provision of face to face counselling. They will also aim to provide participation projects through the secondary schools over the next 5 years. For more information click here.
Young people aged 11 to 18 years will also have access to online advice, self-help tools and counselling through Kooth.com. This is available 365 days a year and interactive counselling is available till 10pm every night. For more information click here.