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East and West Suffolk Mental Health Support Teams (MHST)

 What help do you offer?

Our MHSTs are an early intervention service that support children and young people, their families and school/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. We work directly in schools, on site and in the wider school community, both in and out of school times, including school holidays.

Currently in East Suffolk we are supporting Farlingaye High School and Alde Valley Academy and their primary school feeders.  In West Suffolk we are supporting Mildenhall College Academy and Thurston Community College and their primary school feeders. 

We are a service which will be expanding across both East and West Suffolk to support further schools and colleges.

 How do I get help from your service?

​Referral to our service is mostly via schools. We also accept referrals from other professionals working with children and young people, as well as self referrals.

 What hours is your service available?

​9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

 What can I expect from you?

​Bespoke support for mild to moderate mental health difficulties provided in a timely manner following assessment. This could include individual therapy sessions, school based intervention and work with parents. We also support schools in developing their whole school approach.

 What is the main address of your service?

West Suffolk team base:

  • Honington Primary school,
    IP31 1RE

East Suffolk team bases:

  • Farlingaye High School,
    Ransom Road,
    IP12 4JX
  • Alde Valley High School,
    Seaward Avenue,
    IP16 4BG

 How can I contact you?

​For West Suffolk email and for East Suffolk email

 What conditions do you treat?

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

 What support do you offer carers including friends and family?

​We aim to work as closely with families as possible and include them when appropriate in a child/young person's care.

 Service manager name?

  • Dr Amy Alexander- Clinical Lead/Clinical Psychologist 
  • Nina Bradley -Clinical Team Manager (West)
  • Scott Mason- Clinical Team Manager (East)

 I need help urgently! Who do I call?

The MHST is not an emergency service. If support is needed urgently please contact
First Response by telephone on 0808 196 3494. This is a service for people of all ages in Norfolk and Suffolk requiring mental health care, advice and support.

In an emergency (if the young person has seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose) please seek medical attention via your local Accident and Emergency department.