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Compass Be – Barnsley Mental Health Support Team

Compass Be Mental Health Support Team (MHST) works with children, young people, and families in education settings in Barnsley.

We provide free, confidential support, help and advice for pupils, students and schools for issues related to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

So, for example, if you you’re feeling sad, scared or worried. Or maybe you’re getting angry or frustrated. We can help get you the right help!

Compass Be MHST works directly across all Barnsley secondary schools providing group and one to one support for young people.

In selected primary schools in Barnsley, we are working on the whole school approach as well as providing bereavement counselling and family support.

We work in partnership with other health and care professionals as part of ‘Branching Mind Barnsley’ to meet the needs of children, young people and families as a whole. These professionals include school staff, GPs and social workers.

How the service can help you

We help you build your skills to cope with:

  • Low mood: sadness, low motivation
  • Mild to moderate anxiety: worries, irrational fears and concerns
  • Common challenging behaviours: angry outbursts, pushing boundaries, frustration and distress
  • Family and peer relationship difficulties
  • Difficulty adjusting to change and transition
  • Difficulty managing emotions

We provide low intensity one-to-one or group support (usually 6-8 sessions based on what you need) for children and young people aged 5-19 with mild-to-moderate emotional and mental health needs who attend one of our partner schools or who may be

  • A Young Carer
  • Educated At Home
  • Excluded from school or at risk of exclusion

The service is made up of Education Mental Health Practitioners and Supervising Practitioners, Trainees and Assistant Practitioners from a range of health and education backgrounds working alongside a specialist Family Practitioner and Bereavement Counsellor.

How you can access the service

You can speak to one of the friendly Branching Minds Barnsley team to request mental health and emotional wellbeing support. Professionals, parents and carers and young people can contact the Branching Minds Barnsley team on 01226 107377.

We will ask you a few questions to get started, then one of our team members will call you back to make sure we’re the right people to help.

We also accept written Requests for Support from young people, parents, carers and professionals. Just fill in the Request for Support form below and return it to You can also use this email address to contact us for any other reason.

We aim to get you coping and feeling better about what’s going on in your life.

One of the team will then be in touch.

The Branching Minds Barnsley team and Compass Be are available Monday – Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 4pm (excluding bank holidays).

For emergency support outside of these hours, please contact your out of hours GP (by calling your practice number as usual) or NHS 111.

You should only contact the emergency services on 999 or go to your nearest A&E if:

  • Someone’s life is at risk – for example, they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose
  • You do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.

Meet the team


Service Manager


Team Leader


Team Leader


Senior Administrator




Supervising Practitioner, Central Area


Supervising Practitioner, South Area


Supervising Practitioner, North Area


Family Practitioner


Supervising Practitioner


Mental Health Practitioner


Mental Health Practitioner


Mental Health Practitioner


Mental Health Practitioner


Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner


Education Mental Health Practitioner


Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner


Assistant Education Mental Health Practitioner


Bereavement Counsellor


Bereavement Counsellor


Healthy Relationships Practitioner

Help & support

For information about relevant health and wellbeing topics please expand the sections below.

Young People

I am aged 11-19 years (up to 25 years old with special educational needs)

Parents / Carers

I am a parent / carer

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