(UK) Blackpool: More than 1 primary school child referred to mental health services each week

Feb 1, 2018, (UK) Blackpool Gazette: More than one primary school child a week referred to mental health services in Blackpool Primary schools in Blackpool are referring children to mental health specialists at a rate of more than one a week, it can be revealed. The Victoria Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team was called in to help 72 children aged 11 or under last year, up from 53 the year before. … Last month, The Gazette revealed how a new team of medics was working in schools to help identify children with mental health issues earlier. Around one in 10 under-19s in Blackpool will suffer from a mental illness in the future, it was estimated, and early intervention can ‘drastically improve their future prospects’, health chiefs in the resort said. … In 2016, former Hodgson Academy headteacher Toni Roethling said: “We are getting primary school children coming to us with severe problems.”