Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS)
Nationally, Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) was a three-year pathfinder programme aimed at supporting the development of innovative models of therapeutic and holistic mental health support in schools. The target group was children and young people aged five to thirteen who were at risk of, or were, experiencing mental health problems, and their families. The programme began in April 2008 when twenty-five local authorities and their corresponding primary care trusts began pathfinder work. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust (CIOSPCT) was one of these pathfinders.
The Me and My school project was a research project commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF, now the Department for Education, DfE) in 2008 as the national evaluation of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme.
The programme formed part of the Government’s wider programme of work developed to improve the psychological wellbeing and mental health of children, young people and their families. The aim was that TaMHS would help schools deliver timely interventions and approaches in response to local need that could help those with mental health problems and those at increased risk of developing them.
Click to read the findings from the evaluation of the research project and briefing notes