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Schools increasingly seek mental health support for pupils

Schools increasingly seek mental health support for pupils

But we're told by the NSPCC that almost a third of them were declined specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) treatment - putting more pressure on voluntary and community services.

The figures were obtained by children's charity the NSPCC, through Freedom of Information requests put to NHS Foundation Trusts throughout the country.

In the North, some 10,051 referrals were made in the last year, up from 7,352 in 2014 and the equivalent of 53 every school day last year.

We are also improving support for preventative and less intensive child and adolescent mental health services to tackle issues earlier, including reviewing counselling and guidance services in schools to ensure they are delivering for children and young people.

As we achieve success in encouraging more people to seek treatment for ill mental health we can experience pressures on service capacity.

A 17-year-old girl told Childline: "I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks and find it hard to leave the house or get out of bed. I was referred to CAMHS but I was on a waiting list for 8 months and during that time my anxiety got worse so I never went because I was too scared".

The figures follow a damning report by the Education Select Committee, published last week, which was highly critical of the Government's mental health plans for children and young people, saying they lacked ambition and would provide no help to the majority of children who need help.

It should be no different for mental health issues, and with effective awareness training, as managers we can do our best to provide support and offer potential options to assist with recovery.

The NSPCC says the statistics have highlighted the urgent need for a broader range of support services for mental health needs and is now calling on central government to invest more funding into early support services for children.

"This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each other emotionally".

In another study published today by Cascade HR, four out of five of 540 United Kingdom participants polled described stress as "a way of life", while two-thirds (67 per cent) said they had felt stressed at work for a week or more at some point in the a year ago.

Apparently, women are generally more stressed than men (89% versus 76%) and there was also a worrying trend of African-Caribbean women in particular facing high levels of stress, which the charity claimed was "linked to reported incidents of racism".

The study of 4,619 people - which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with Mental Health First Aid England for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) - also revealed that a quarter (25 per cent) of millennials and nearly one in five (18 per cent) baby boomers believe they compromise their health to do their job. Meanwhile one in six people (16 per cent) said they had self-harmed as a result of feelings of stress. Other issues that can cause stress, these could be relationships, work or money issues.

"We are also asking for well-being days to be provided for public sector workers as part of reducing the pressure on those who work hardest to look after us".

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