A recent survey by the Association of School and College Leaders found an alarming increase in the number of students struggling with stress and anxiety.
It is reported that many school pastoral services are overwhelmed, despite many of the more serious issues being referred to local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. But there are also problems here – more than half of the pupils referred to NHS services rated the response as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.
The Government responded to these findings by proposing to invest £1.4 billion in mental health support for young people. However, there are concerns. In the past, money allocated to mental health services has often been spent elsewhere. To avoid this happening again, the money must be ring-fenced.
It is also important to ensure the services are appropriate for young people’s needs. For example, while offering group sessions rather than individual support may save money, many teenagers suffering anxiety may not feel…