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Information about the Mental Health Support Team for Schools

St John Fisher became part of the Mental health Support Team in June 2022. This means that we now have access to further mental health support via our Parent and Community Worker and a Educational Mental Health Practitioner to work with our pupils.

Parent and Community Worker

Debby Murphy is available to work with parents and carers to help raise awareness and increase knowledge around mental and emotional health and how the impact of parents/carers own mental health needs can affect children and the young people they care for.

Debby can build relationships and support parents/carers to access the Mental Health services they need. This can include self care strategies.

The following are some of the ways in which Debby can help parents and carers.

  • 1:1 support for parents/carers on a short-term basis to assist them to access any extra support they need or to signpost to other services that are appropriate.
  • Facilitate Parent/Carer Workshops & Information Sessions on a range of subjects linked to supporting children and young people’s Mental Health and Self Care for parents/Carers.
  • Provide Parent/Carer Self Care Group Activities within a school or community setting to promote positive mental health.
  • Facilitate online learning on mental health topics for parents
  • Offer drop-in sessions for parents to speak with me informally

Referral process

If you are a Parent/Carer of a child, you can speak to Mrs El-Zebidi, Safeguarding in School or parents can self- refer by contacting Debby me via email at parentMHST@northorpehall.co.uk or via  Northorpe Hall on 01924 492183.

Educational Mental Health Practitioner

Zinzile Msipha is available to work with pupils who need more than the pastoral team can offer in terms of their mental health needs. Referrals are made via Mrs El-Zebidi, and are an alternative route to CAHMs. The work of MHST is to complement, rather than substitute existing support. Interventions may be 1:1 or group but cannot be provided if a child is already receiving external support.

If you have any questions around the new MHST programme then please contact Mrs El-Zebidi via email s-elzebidi@stjohnfisher.org.uk


Remember- everyone has mental health and it’s ok not to be ok.