A growing crisis of poor mental health in schools

The National Education Union released the results of a survey of over 8,000 teachers, school leaders and support staff, which highlight a growing crisis of poor mental health in schools. Over 80% said that the problems have got worse in the past two years, with rising reports of anxiety, self-harm and even suicide, which are worsened by inadequate support in schools.

Real-terms funding cuts, lack of access to external specialist support such as CAMHS, cuts to teaching assistants along with inadequate and ineffective training have been stated as reasons for the lack of support available to learners in need.

Children’s mental health has been made a priority by the government, allocating additional funding a new compulsory health education curriculum to ensure learners are taught “how to look after their mental wellbeing and recognise when classmates are struggling.”

The Department for Education (DfE) said: “We are investing more in mental health support with an additional £2.3bn a year being spent by 2023-24. This means that by 2023-24 an extra 345,000 children and young people up to the age of 25 will benefit from a range of services, including new support teams that will provide additional trained staff to work directly with schools and colleges.”

CACHE supports the government initiative to improve children’s mental health in schools. We offer a range of CPD qualifications in mental health, which can support educators to spot the signs of mental health problems and how to support mental wellbeing through various stages of life. CACHE Alumni also offers a range of articles from subject experts on self-care and wellbeing, which can now be accessed for free when you sign up as a new member.

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