Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust

Hertfordshire chosen as a national trailblazer in school mental health support

Schoolchildren experiencing mental health difficulties in Hertfordshire will get early help from special support workers in a new initiative announced today (Thursday 20 December).

The government has named Hertfordshire one of only 25 areas to launch Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in 2019.

Radio fame and more funding for team supporting young people with eating disorders

HPFT Advanced Eating Disorders Practitioner, Penny Smith and Lucy Priest, 18, at Radio 4's Woman's Hour

Hertfordshire’s specialist team which supports children and young people suffering from eating disorders featured on national radio this week.

The team’s Advanced Eating Disorders Practitioner, Penny Smith, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday morning just as a funding boost sees the team expand to meet demand. Penny's patient Lucy Priest, 18, from Hitchin, who has suffered from an eating disorder since she was 12, talked about the advantages of being treated at home rather than in hospital.

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