System ‘can’t handle the crisis of pupils’ mental health’

A charity has this week released figures showing that a third of pupils who looked for support for mental health issues from their school or college had problems getting it.

The YoungMinds charity, which campaigns for better mental health support for children and young people, has released the figures to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

They show that just 6% of young people and 3% of parents believe that there is enough support to address children’s mental health problems.

Chief Executive of the charity, Sarah Brennan, said: “Every day we get calls to our parents’ helpline from parents whose children can’t get help at school.

“Some have been waiting months for an assessment, or have been told that they don’t meet the threshold for treatment.

“Despite the great progress being made by campaigns like Heads Together to get people talking about mental health, as well as extra government investment, there can still be unacceptable barriers to getting help.”

Read the full article in the Tes.

SCHOOLS NorthEast is hosting their annual HealthyMindED conference, focusing on children’s mental health in schools, on the 24th May. To find out more and to book your ticket, click here.


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