Health and Wellbeing
Sir Herbert Leon Academy are proud to host the Milton Keynes Mental Health Support Team (MHST) on their school site. The MHST are an NHS service designed to support mild to moderate mental health needs of children and young people, to provide early intervention on some mental health and emotional wellbeing presentations such as mild anxiety or low mood. They will also offer support to the school’s mental health lead to develop or strengthen the whole school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. Sir Herbert Leon Academy is one of 17 schools in the local Bletchley area that the MHST work with, with two additional teams covering some schools in Central and North Milton Keynes.
The MHST can offer a range of evidenced based low intensity interventions and support, through online interactive psychoeducation self-help, group work or one-to-one sessions, depending on our assessment of the student’s needs. The approaches will vary but are goal focused, time limited and informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. Consent and safeguarding procedures will be followed, and parents and carers will be involved as appropriate.
If you feel that this service may be appropriate for your child, please do speak further to their Head of Year or the schools Mental Health Lead, who is able to make a referral to the MHST. Alternatively, further information can be requested and/or a self-referral made by emailing email@example.com.
General Mental Health Advice and Support
It offers anyone between the ages of 11 and 19, 24-hour access to self-help materials, mood-tracking and goal setting tools and regular forums cover topics ranging from exam stress and anxiety. You can also access one-to-one online counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor from 12pm until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.
The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access The Mix's support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.
A self-referral to Service Six for support with low mood and anxiety can be made.
Available as support.
Tel: 03444 775774 (phone lines are open between 9:30am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday).
Youth Information Service (YSI)
A counselling service in MK and offer support via an online referral.
Tel: 01908 604700
Urgent and Crisis Support
Provides free 24/7 confidential support via text for anyone in crisis and struggling to cope. You just need to text SHOUT to 85258 to be contacted to a trained Crisis Volunteer. SHOUT volunteers will provide action listening and collaborative problem-solving.
provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. ChildLine can offer advice and support about topics such as bullying, abuse and family life. ChildLine also offers an online chat option which means children and young people can speak to a counsellor if they prefer to not speak on the phone.
Tel: 0800 1111
A helpline of support and advice to anyone worried about their own mental health and well-being, or are worried about someone else. This charity also offers a free helpline for parents.
Tel: 0808 802 5544 (Parent’s helpline open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)
For urgent help text YM to 85258
Mental Health Urgent Advice Line
For urgent or out of hours support, please call all-age mental health Urgent Advice Line on 0800 023 4650.
Opening hours for the Urgent Advice Line is: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Anti-Bullying Alliance offer advice and support for families and victims.
For any concerns linked to eating, please contact BEAT.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Youthline: 0808 801 07111
MoreLife supports 5-16 year olds and also accept self-referrals which can be done online (by parents/YP). They work with children who are classed as overweight.
Family Support and Behaviour
Children & Family Practice
To address the concerns about your child’s behaviour, we would suggest that you contact Children & Families Practices at Milton Keynes Council via the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub.
Tel: 01908 253169/253170
Livelife is a charity to help support adults and families with social support such as housing/ benefits/ health and well-being/ lonliness/ drugs and alcohol and relationships. Further information is available through their website
Tel: Phone 08081641810 (option 3)
SAFE! Young Victims Service
Has been established to provide support to young people between the ages of 8 and 25 years old in the Thames Valley area who have been hurt by a crime or bullying. They also provide information, advice and resources to young people, parents and professionals across the UK about support in their local area.
Tel: 0800 133 7938
Dedicated to making sure that all victims and witnesses receive the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of the crime. We care about those affected by crime and work continuously to improve services and support for victims.
Tel: 0300 1234 148
Child Bereavement UK
A local service for children who need support in coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. The service prefers contact directly from the family as the information they need can be very personal and potentially quite upsetting.
Helpline: 0800 0288840
They support children and young people in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling. As well as providing information and guidance on their website and social networking sites, they also provide various bereavement support services. These include regular support groups, activities and trips, and individual tailored support, as appropriate.
Gender and Sexual Identity
Offers support for transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse children until their 20th birthday as well as families and professionals involved in their care.
Helpline: 0808 8010400
Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.
Tel: 0800 0502020
Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts
Advise for women and girls who have been directly impact by deliberate self-harm, whether through their own actions or actions of a family member or friend.