Great Britain: lack of mental health support in schools is a ‘destructive situation’

05 June 2019

Four in five teachers report seeing more mental health problems among students, says a survey of more than 8600 teachers, school leaders and support staff from across the UK.

The National Education Union (NEU) survey asked members about the rate of mental health issues and if they had the right provisions in their workplaces to support pupils.

While most teachers (59%) reported they had learning support assistants, less than half had a school counsellor, only 30% had external specialist support, and only 12% of schools had mental health first aiders. Just 29% had a school or college nurse.

NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney says: ‘This government’s policies on education and school funding are contributing to a terrible and destructive situation for young people and the education workforce... damaging the next generation from an early age.’

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