Young people with mental health issues struggle to cope back at school

20 November 2020

Many young people with mental health problems are struggling to manage back at school, reveals research by charity YoungMinds.

In a survey of more than 2000 11- to 18-year-olds with a history of mental health needs, 61% said their mental health initially got worse after returning to school.

Just 27% said it improved, and only 15% agreed that there was enough mental health information and support available.

Almost a quarter of students in the survey said there was less mental health support in their school than before Covid-19.

‘This is absolutely not a criticism of schools,’ said Emma Thomas, chief executive of YoungMinds. ‘While there has rightly been a focus on academic catch-up, young people can only learn effectively if they are in a good place emotionally.’

YoungMinds also says the survey suggests many schools don’t have sufficient resources to prioritise wellbeing and mental health.

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