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Senior Mental Health Lead

Miss Michele Buschman 

Senior Mental Health Lead

The Senior Mental Health Lead in our school is responsible for raising awareness within our whole community so everyone feels they have a part to play and can make a contribution. The intention is to develop and implement a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. 

Our ultimate aim is always that everyone feels safe, happy and empowered to achieve their aspirations. Building mental resilience and experiencing life-enriching experiences is fundamental. North Wootton Academy’s TEAMWORK Values underpin all of this as a solid foundation on which to build this collaborative approach. 

Mental Health First Aiders in School

Mrs Nikki Graham

Adult Mental Health First Aider

Mrs Michelle Barnes

Children's Mental Health First Aider 

NHS - Mental Health Support Teams in School (MHSTS) 

  • The Mental Health Support Teams are an early intervention service that support children and young people, their families and schools and college communities with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. Each MHST is allocated to specific secondary schools/colleges and their feeder primary schools within Suffolk. Our team work in education settings and in the wider education community, both in and out of term time, including school holidays.

  •  The team can be emailed on: 

Our MHST service provides bespoke support for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This support is provided in a timely manner following assessment. This could include individual therapy sessions, school based intervention and work with parents.

Our team also support schools in developing their whole school approach.

Conditions our team provides support for are:

  • Anxiety and/or avoidance
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Irritability as a symptom of depression
  • Low confidence and low self-esteem
  • Low mood / depression
  • Managing negative thoughts
  • Mild obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other rigid/ritualistic behaviour
  • Panic management
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Thoughts of self-harm and support for alternative coping strategies for superficial self-harm
  • Worry management.