Targeted mental health in schools (TaMHS)

Northamptonshire Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) is a coordinated multi-agency 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 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 Silver Accreditation through demonstrating good practice in promoting, delivering and embedding interventions for children’s mental health.

TaMHS Conference 2019 and 2020

Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service (EPS) and CAMHS CERIT are delighted with the success of the TaMHS Conference held on 8 October 2019.

81 schools attended, made up of 63 primary / infant / junior, 13 secondary, and 5 special, schools. Colleagues from a variety of support agencies also attended and made up the 31 stalls.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith gave an upbeat but down-to-earth and entirely practical keynote address – with the slides for this and the introduction to the conference provided.

We are already planning the next TaMHS Conference – with a Mindfulness theme for 6 October 2020. Professor Katherine Weare will be the keynote speaker. Please save the date and email with any suggestions for workshops on that day.

TaMHS service offer 2019 to 2020

TaMHS and the EPS offer a range of training opportunities. For more information about what is currently on offer, please take a look at our ‘File Download - Training Programme for 2019 to 2020 (PDF 854KB)Training Programme for 2019 to 2020 (PDF 854KB)’.

Through training, bespoke training and/or consultation in aspects of the 'Building Blocks for Building Mentally Healthy Schools' model, all schools and academies are being enabled to offer children and families core provision that promotes children’s mental health. This especially includes those who are vulnerable to mental health difficulties or those who already experience high level difficulties with mental health.

The TaMHS Building Blocks model and key processes for developing the school offer are as follows:

Each aspect is described in one of the brochure pages below:

Commissioning TaMHS

While some of this support is being facilitated through continuing grant funding, for more complex or in-depth work, individual schools and academies, clusters of schools and academies or Locality Forums are invited to request and commission consultation, support and/or training through TaMHS in order to build mental-health-promoting provision in their school(s).

This will lead to input from a variety of agencies, including: Educational Psychology, Educational Inclusion Officer – Mental Health, Parent Support Coordinators and CAMHS Early Intervention Team.

Costs are variable and are summarised below:                   

Please contact to commission such work or for further information.

TaMHS consultation and audit materials

The following materials will support education establishments when undertaking the TaMHS consultation process about whole school needs and provision regarding children’s mental health.

Evaluation of Northamptonshire TaMHS project and programme

See below for evaluation of TaMHS and aspects of TaMHS.

TaMHS Accreditation

Accreditation for schools is now available at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels – with certification and use of Northamptonshire TaMHS logo on school’s headed paper.

Please see the document below for details of evidence required and where to apply for accreditation. 

The schools in the document below have achieved accreditation.

Mike Simons, Senior Educational Psychologist and Countywide Lead for the TaMHS Programme 

Other mental health support for schools

Young Northants - a range of mental health support services for young people in Northamptonshire.
Talk Out loud - information and self-help for young people about services for better mental health
Young Minds  – information on mental health for parents, young people and professionals nationally.
GOV.UK - departmental mental health advice for schools staff