Screening, Training, Intervention, Consultation and Knowledge (STICK team)

What is STICK?

The Screening, Training, Intervention, Consultation and Knowledge (STICK) Team:

  • works with strategic partners, including Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham Safeguarding Board, Birmingham Education Partnership and several voluntary agencies
  • is accessible by all 450+ schools across Birmingham and is aligned with Right Help, Right Time to increase confidence and streamline access to early help


Screening Providing assessment and screening of CYP within schools, GP surgeries and family support services to increase early intervention and identify emerging symptoms

Training Providing specialist training to professionals working alongside CYP to up-skill and equip them to provide low-level interventions

Intervention Therapeutic menu of interventions for CYP who traditionally would not have met thresholds for CAMHS services

Consultation specialist consultation for those working in education, children’s services and GP practice – encouraging wrap-around care when it is most needed

Knowledge practitioners include nurses, social workers, teachers and youth workers. The combined skill of this team brings specialist knowledge and a comprehensive service


consultation A consultation is a professional-to-professional discussion. This is facilitated by two experienced mental health clinicians from the STICK team and is a 15-minute discussion regarding the mental health presentation of a child or young person. The aim of a consultation is to devise a plan for the professional to support the young person with their current mental health concern. Outcomes of a consultation can be: signposting to appropriate services, offering mental health toolkits and advice for the consultee to deliver /carry out with the young person, accepting the young person for a STICK Screening (Early Mental health Assessment) and possibly advising to make a full Forward Thinking Birmingham referral. A consultation lasts 15 minutes and our aim is for there to be availability for you to have a consultation within a week of requesting this.

To book a consultation with one of our team, please email

Training for professionals

student The STICK team offers training to Birmingham professionals such as teachers, family support workers and those that work in the Early Help network. These sessions are an hour long and can be delivered face-to-face or virtually at a time and date that suits your team. Below are the training sessions we offer:

  • Mental ill health awareness
  • Mental health and ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition)
  • Low Mood
  • Self harm
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • NVR principles
  • Understanding Anger
  • Attachment / trauma theory
  • Eating Disorders

*Further dates and times of online training courses coming soon*

Mental health workshops for students and parents/carers

STICK's Youth Mental Health Team are running workshops in primary schools and high schools in Birmingham for parents and young people, offering early help and mental health support.

The workshops teach young people about mental health awareness and give them the tools to support their mental health both inside and outside of school, from learning about sleep hygiene to online safety.

If you are a professional at a Birmingham-based primary or secondary school, you can request a workshop via our form: Mental health youth work request form.doc [doc] 206KB

Please complete the form and send to:

Want to know more? Take a look at our latest feedback:

"The workshops were fantastic - they offered practical techniques and advice to our young people, and their parents for building resilience and supporting mental health in high school.

The young people got a lot out of it; they've taken on board the advice and have asked about more workshops in the future. During the pandemic, young people missed out on a lot of this preventative work. With everything that's happening in the world, it's so important we discuss mental health to not only normalise it but to offer practical steps for improving wellbeing.

Schools often act as the first line of defence, so this kind of early intervention is vital. It's so important that young people know we are open to talk about mental health and that we're here to help.

 We had a lot of interest in these workshops, and the parents found them so helpful. It opened up a conversation about mental health and allowed parents to ask questions and seek support. We're really thankful to STICK for these workshops. They are a great team, and the parents, teachers and students really benefitted from their visit."

-Rhonda Marynowski, School Counsellor for Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green, Birmingham

Who do I contact for further information?

For more information about the STICK team and how to get access contact

Quick Contact Details

Access Centre Number - 0300 300 0099

Postal Address - 5th Floor, 1 Printing House Street, Birmingham, B4 6DF

Access Centre operating hours - Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

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