Northamptonshire Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) is a programme for building capacity within schools through training, support and introducing new programmes and approaches to better meet the mental health needs of all children. The programme has been developed since 2009 and is run jointly by North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Services.
The programme can be used at universal, targeted and more specialist levels, including through systemic work with parents, staff and locality agencies. By meeting mental health needs in this way, sustainable positive impact on children’s mental health, attainments, bullying, attendance and exclusions can be achieved.
One example of a school community that has benefitted from TaMHS input is Moulton Primary – as shown on BBC’s Look East broadcast on 17 January 2018. The school currently holds TaMHS Gold Accreditation through demonstrating good practice in promoting, delivering and embedding interventions for children’s mental health.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for schools to be places where children, young people, parents and staff can receive support and intervention for their mental health. Therefore, alongside the standing TaMHS offer, the Educational Psychology Services in Northamptonshire have developed specific guidance to support the mental health of school communities in relation to COVID-19.