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School mental health referrals rise in the north of England

School mental health referrals rise in the north of England”

More than half of the referrals came from primary schools, where children are under the age of 11, the figures showed.

THE number of referrals by schools seeking mental health treatment for troubled pupils has shot up by over a third in the last three years. In the North of England there were 35,069 referrals during this time period.

Furthermore, 18 per cent of referrals for children were declined specialist CAMHS treatment in the region.

County schools can also access the Northamptonshire Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme, a multi-agency partnership which helps schools and teachers with training about mental health issues.

The charity's figures are based on a Freedom of Information request it made to NHS trusts in England.

"If everybody from upper management to bottom management engages in a practice where they're openly talking about their mental health problems, then it sends a message to the entire community [that] it's OK to talk about these issues", Theresa Nguyen, vice president of policy and programs at Mental Health America, advises. This will improve links between up to 1,200 schools and their local specialist mental health service'. It found that 123,713 referrals have been made since 2014-15.

Poor line management training and support could be causing poorer mental health amongst rail staff, according to the Rail Safety and Stands Board (RSSB), as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off.

In 2016, 307 Lincolnshire pupils were referred to the specialist service.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said members had reported a surge in the number of patients with emotional and behavioural difficulties, often after being rejected by Camhs.

"So children are getting less support and the number of learning assistants that provided the pastoral support are being reduced due to school cuts".

A government spokeswoman said it was investing an additional £300m to provide quicker support to children.

"We must make sure that Childline is adequately funded so it isn't left vulnerable and can be there for the children who have nowhere else to turn".

"The statistics suggest that stress looms large for the British workforce, which - as a country of employers - is something we need to address", said Oliver Shaw, chief executive at Cascade.

In October the CAMHS and the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service will host a Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing conference in Kettering which will look at a range of issues affecting pupils such as loneliness at primary school, anxiety, self harm, bereavement and supporting children who are questioning their gender.

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