Mental health crisis in United Kingdom’s schools with worrying deliberate self-harm and suicide rates
National Children’s Bureau recent report synthesises the increasing problem of the children in a clue moment of their formation.
The authors affirm “We are facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms. The growing number of children and young people experiencing poor mental health is one of the biggest challenges facing our teachers.”
Based on recent figures they evidence the extent of the crisis,
- Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19, and the second most common for girls.
- An estimated 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem. This rises to one in four children when we include emotional distress.
- Around one in every twelve young people deliberately self-harm, though this may rise to almost one in three for girls.
- Rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.
- The number of young people calling Childline Help about mental health problems has risen by 36% in the last four years.
- The number of young people attending A&E because of a psychiatric condition more than doubled between 2010/11 and 2014/158.
International comparison studies
These rates are similar in different western countries, international comparison studies have found the wellbeing of school-aged children in England / the UK to be ‘average’ or ‘below average’ affirms the report (read HERE ).
The British Psychological Society confirm these figures and affirms
The Society believes that early intervention and timely access to care, support and treatment for children and young people is vital. We are concerned that there is an insufficient focus on prevention and the wider psychological and social determinants of mental health (read HERE the report on mental health awareness).
Responding to the figures the UK Government announced urgent measures for the creation of new mental health support to provide trained mental health workers to work closely with schools.
We support the Government’s measure but in our opinion, the matter should be treated through a strong link between school and home, teachers and parents.
View kids and teenager suicide children rates in Spain see HERE