Are students in the UK facing a mental health crisis?

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Under new educational reforms, students have been disproportionately affected by the mental health crisis. As figures from the National Office of Statistics demonstrate, teenage suicide in England and Wales has increased by 67% between 2010 and 2017. At university level, figures for 2016 recorded, at 146, the highest number of suicides since 2001. A 2017 study by IPPR, a think tank, showed a five-fold increase in the number of first-year students who admit to having mental health issues, reaching over 15,000 in a decade.

The stressful change has been felt by students, exam boards and teachers alike. Is it any wonder more teens are developing mental health issues? The impact on mental health is evident. According to a Young Minds report for 2015-16, one in 10 students aged between 5-16 had been diagnosed with a mental health problem. According to a report by the 2016 children’s commissioner, 75% of those with mental health issues are not receiving treatment.

The government plans to roll out mental health education in 2020 barely scratch the surface. Mental health provisions are strained, so teaching students to report mental health concerns only means making them wait sometimes up to a year for treatment. How can we push students to breaking point, only to have them then let down by the national health services?

Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Ltd can provide timely mental health assessments – exactly the same as CAMHS, written up with recommendations and, if necessary, referred into your local CAMHS, so your students won’t have to wait so long to receive NHS treatment.

Please contact us for more details.

This has been adapted from an article by Abigail Lloyd from the Fair Observer.

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