School-based mental health services

We have made a new poster for schools on low mood, supported by the Bank Workers Charity. Please download, print and put up or email to staff and students. Do let us know whether you find it useful. It is free for anyone to use and can be found here: Schools low mood poster

I am very interested in how mental health services can better reach and help children and adolescents attending school as the evidence shows that only a minority of those who could benefit from accessing services are actually seen.

I have previously worked in a school-based mental health service for refugee children in Oxford and was funded by the NIHR to develop a psychological toolbox for school staff working with refugee children.

I am currently working with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the local CCG  and the Oxford CLAHRC to develop and evaluate school-based mental health services in the region. For example, Oxfordshire secondary schools now have Child and Adolescent Mental Health workers providing an InReach mental health service for all for all young people attending these schools. We are also evaluating the impact of changing child mental health services across the region (CAMHS transformation).  Please contact me directly if you would like to learn more about this exciting work.

Relevant publications:

  • Under review: S Rocks, M Stepney, M Glogowska, M Fazel, A Tsiachristas. Understanding and Evaluating new models of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in South-East England: A study protocol
  • Lancet Psychiatry webpage for series on school-based mental health interventions (all free to download: editorial, podcast and 2 Review papers):
  • M Fazel, V Patel, S Thomas, W Tol. School-based mental health interventions in low and middle-income countries. Lancet Psychiatry 2014; 1: 388-98 article; pdf
  • M Fazel, K Hoagwood, S Stephan, T Ford. School-based mental health interventions in high-income countries. Lancet Psychiatry 2014; 1: 377-87 article; pdf
  • R. Tyrer, M Fazel. School and community-based interventions for refugee and asylum seeking children: A Systematic Review PLoS ONE 9(2):e89359. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089359  articlepdffigure
  • M Cortina, M Fazel, T Hunglawi, M Cortina Borja, S Tollman, K Kahn, A Stein. Childhood psychological problems in school settings in rural Southern Africa. PLOS One 2013; 8(6): e65041. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065041 articlepdf
  • M Fazel, H Doll, A Stein. A school-based mental health intervention for refugee  children: an exploratory study Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2009, 14(2): 297-  309  abstractpdf
  • M Cortina, K Kahn, M Fazel, T Hlungwani, Tollman S, Bhana A, Prothrow-Stith D, Stein A. School-based interventions can play a critical role in enhancing children’s development and health in the developing world Child: Care, Health and Development 2008;34: 1-3  articlepdf


  • Rapid Response to Bring in Universal Health Checks in Schools BMJ 2013 347:f5478

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