Head teachers concerned about the mental health of young people
A survey of 1,180 school leaders has found that head teachers have growing concerns over the mental health of young people over any other issues related to well-being.
Polled for a management support service, two thirds of head teachers said that mental health was a top concern, reports the BBC.
Domestic violence and cyberbullying were the next biggest concerns, named by 58% and 55% of heads respectively. Domestic violence and cyberbullying were the next biggest concerns, named by 58% and 55% of heads respectively.
Brian Lightman, leader of the ASCL heads’ union, said it was difficult for heads to obtain support for pupils. He said: “There certainly has been an increase in the number of pupils who are displaying different types of mental health problems. It’s often arising from difficult home backgrounds or a form of abuse or other types of mental health issues such as ADHD. Academy chains have the capacity to employ people who work across their schools. That’s not a solution to this problem.”
An investigation by the charity, Young Minds, last year found more than half of councils in England had cut or frozen budgets for child and adolescent mental health between 2010-11 and 2014-15.
The Department of Health says it has increased funding and is introducing treatment targets so patients get the care they need when they need it.
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