Teachers need professional support in dealing with pupil's mental health issues
Responding to today's publication of a joint Education & Health Committee report into the role of education in supporting children's mental health, the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union in the UK, has called on the next UK Government to ensure schools have greater access to much-needed support from mental health professionals.
The call comes after an NASUWT survey last month revealed 98% of teachers knew of pupils in their school experiencing mental health problems, some as young as three and four-years-old.
Teachers reported that on a daily basis they were dealing with pupils experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression and eating disorders, and in extreme cases even self-harm and suicidal thoughts, yet accessing expert external psychological support for students was becoming increasingly difficult.
While over half of 2000 teachers responding to the survey (54%) said they were fairly confident they would recognise the signs of a possible mental health problem in their pupils, alarmingly more than three quarters (76%) were not confident they would be able to get timely support from expert services such as CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health services).