One in 10 children, under 16, have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder
A joint enquiry by MPs has revealed in a report that there is a growing concern about the state of mental health in young people. The report also found half of all adult mental health cases start before the age of 15.
The Health and Education Committees said.
“They are calling for changes in the curriculum and ongoing work with teachers and support staff to be part of a drive across schools and colleges to promote well-being.
Inspections and reports by the Ofsted schools watchdog should also take this approach into account, they suggested.
Social media providers need to be alert to the dangers of harmful content and its potential impact on someone’s online safety.
Too much social media use is linked to sleep deprivation and depression in youngsters, they point out.”
Due to current financial constraints, schools and colleges are struggling to provide mental health services for pupils, when this is at a time when there is growing concern about the state of mental ill health among youngsters.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons Health Committee, said:
“With half of all mental illness starting before the age of 15, and three quarters by aged 18, the Government and educators must ensure sufficient time is allowed for activities in schools and colleges that develop the life-long skills children and young people need to support their well-being.”
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week #MHAW17 – can we raise the profile of this to ensure children and young people get the support they need?
At NECS, our data shows that many of the Adults we deal with could have been helped at childhood, furthermore. the children and young people we help will be more resilient as they understood the cause of their “mental illness” and have the tools to deal with these issues.
Only recently, the annual BBC School Report also revealed the 70% of 11-16 year olds have negative feelings.
70% of students surveyed in schools are feeling upset, unhappy, anxious, frightened or unsafe.
Research conducted by ComRes on behalf of the annual BBC School Report provided significant insight around the mental health and well-being of students in schools. From a survey of more than 1000 students, 70% of them had experienced negative feelings within the past 12 months ranging from feeling upset, unhappy, anxious, frightened or unsafe.
50% of those who had experienced negative feelings said they hadn’t asked for help, with 34% of all 11-16-year-olds questioned saying they would not feel confident enough to ask for help and support at school.
Help for teachers needed?
The report highlights the need for support in schools and corresponds with North East Counselling Services data. A second survey by ComRes revealed that 73% of teachers have found themselves often or occasionally worrying about a particular pupil’s well-being when they are away from school. A third of teachers say they have received no formal training on impacts on mental health. A quarter of teachers surveyed said they would not feel confident referring someone for mental health issues.
The full reports can be found here: BBC SCHOOL REPORT MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY (11-16 YEAR-OLDS) and BBC SCHOOL REPORT MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY (SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS)
NECS Mental Health data reveals:
A sample from our own data working with children and young people in schools shows:
- 56% of the children and young people we help feel anxious
- 51% of the children and young people we help feel stressed
- 39% of the children and young people we help feel low
- 38% of the children and young people we help feel angry
The 4 most common reasons for the causes of these feelings are:
- 54% of the children and young people we help state family issues are the problem
- 37% of the children and young people we help state relationship issues are the problem
- 27% of the children and young people we help state school issues are the problem
- 26% of the children and young people we help state attachment issues are the problem
This short animation reveals the common issues what children and young people come to us with.
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