A large survey of 4 to 17-year-olds in England by the Children’s Commissioner has found that mental health is their main concern, with girls twice as likely as boys to be worried about their mental health and concern about mental health increases as the young person ages.
The report found that children and young people are increasingly aware of the ‘artificial dichotomy between physical and mental health’ and they ‘suggested improved wellbeing support on a day-to-day basis at school.’
The report also found that the current NHS plan to support mental health through schools will be insufficient to reach the majority of schools and that more support for schools is needed.
The report was launched within hours of the new post-graduate School Mental Health Specialist programme launching, a professional qualification for staff working in schools.
This indicates again the importance schools play in putting in stringent preventative measures, promoting positive mental health, removing stigma and where necessary identifying, supporting and referring those in need additional support.
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