(UK) 90% of primary teachers feel they can't respond to mental health problems

Sept 21, 2017, London TES: Primary teachers 'ill-equipped' to spot pupils' mental health problems The vast majority of primary teachers in England believe that primary schools have a crucial role to play in identifying pupils with mental-health issues, but very few of them feel personally equipped to do so. And almost three-quarters would like to see mental health become a compulsory topic of education in all primaries. The poll of 400 primary teachers, conducted by the NAHT headteachers’ union, reveals that 92 per cent of primary teachers believe that schools can play a key role in identifying pupils with mental-health problems. But only 10 per cent agreed strongly, when asked whether they had the necessary training to feel confident about how to respond to a child with a mental-health problem.