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(UK) Children's mental health problems is greatest worry for parents: survey

Nov 8, 2018, Evening Standard: Greatest fear parents have for children is their mental health, poll finds https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/greatest-fear-parents-have-for-children-is-their-mental-health-poll-finds-a3984681.html The greatest fear parents have for children is the state of their mental health, new research suggests. A survey found the mental wellbeing of young people was more of a concern to mothers, fathers and guardians than education, future careers, or prospective partners, or the impact of crime, housing or the environment. More than 1,500 parents took part in the poll by the Girls’ Day School Trust, which is made up of 25 private schools, and Mumsnet. Three quarters wanted pupils to be taught more about mental health and wellbeing, compared with just one quarter who sought lessons on job interview techniques, and about half who highlighted online safety. … Every prospective parent now asked her about mental health provision, she added. “There is a real understanding of the importance of mental health, it’s at the top of parents’ lists. In the budget Chancellor Philip Hammond announced more cash for schools to tackle eating disorders, depression and self-harm. All schools in England must include mental wellbeing and re-silience in the curriculum from 2020. …