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Headteachers to tackle pupils' mental health

11/02/2016 Kelly
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has spoken out about concerns over mental health issues in pupils and the worry that if left untreated, they could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life.

A fifth of children experience mental health problems before the age of 11, and this is a growing concern. NAHT suggests that schools can now step up and do more to support these issues.

A snapshot survey of 1,455 English headteachers suggests that two-thirds of primary schools currently cannot deal with such issues.

This is an area that has already been picked up on by the government, with £1.4 billion having been ring-fenced for children's mental health.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, commented: "We know the government is determined to improve children's mental health but there's still a danger that some children will take untreated mental problems into adulthood."

Three-quarters of school leaders have reported that they currently lack the necessary resources to provide the mental health care that is needed for students in their schools. 

"Schools play a vital role in supporting children's mental health and building their resilience - but rising demand, growing complexity and tight budgets can get in the way of helping the children who need it most," Mr Hobby stated.

The chief executive of the mental health charity Place2Be Catherine Roche has stated that the vast majority of schools are working hard to support their pupils when it comes to mental health. 

The Department for Education said: "We're at a turning point in how we tackle children's mental health issues and are determined to get it right.

"That's why we're investing £1.4 billion over this parliament to transform mental health support for children and young people, and have also given £1.5 million over the last three years to projects involving Place2Be."

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