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Rise in school referrals for child mental health treatment

15 May 2018

However, the most troubling feature of this surge is the burgeoning percentage (185) of children's referrals that are being declined specialist CAHMS treatment in the region. While, in some cases it might not have been necessary, the NSPCC believes under-resourcing is also a factor.

The government says its reforms will transform services for children. Its Childline service has seen a 26 per cent increase in the number of counselling sessions with children about mental health issues over the past four years.

Today, 14 May 2018, marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

"We need greater investment at all stages of life, especially early on", Reps.

YoungMinds: The parents helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult anxious about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

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In 2017/18 there were 325 referrals made from county schools for young people in the 12-15 age bracket.

The week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and hopes to open up conversations about stress and encourage people to look at ways they can reduce stress in their lives. And yet it is still far easier in most organisations to discuss a physical condition like a broken leg than disclose a mental health condition like depression or anxiety. Soaring numbers of under-18s have sought NHS care for such problems over the past decade but, according to Public Health England, only a quarter who need help get it.

We are also improving support for preventative and less intensive child and adolescent mental health services to tackle issues earlier, including reviewing counselling and guidance services in schools to ensure they are delivering for children and young people. "It is vital the government urgently provides more funding to Childline and help children who don't have access to support elsewhere".

The number of children and young people referred to the East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust were 143 in 2014/15, 164 in 2015/16, 163 in 2016/2017, and 105 in 2017/18: a total of 575 over the four years. "Giving employees support and a positive psychosocial work environment has a proven impact on productivity and means that employees embrace the challenges of work with more energy and commitment", he said.

Steve Jackson, director of health, safety and sustainability at EEF, said companies might benefit from recognising opportunities to promote wider wellbeing.

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"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".

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

"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.

"Our research shows schools are increasingly referring children for specialist mental health treatment, often when the child is at crisis point".

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Rise in school referrals for child mental health treatment