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(UK) Fear of "US-style attacks" in UK schools; teachers need mental health training

July 12, 2018, Mirror: British schools are "wide open" to US-style attacks because teachers can't spot mental illness in pupils, warns expert https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-schools-wide-open-style-12889715 British schools are leaving themselves “wide open” to US-style massacres because teachers are incapable of spotting symptoms of mental illness among their pupils, experts warned…. Teachers must learn how to spot ‘red flag behaviours’ such as anger, irritability, persistent sadness, withdrawal, academic interest and even a major change in appearance and eating habits. They should also have extra powers to refer at-risk students for immediate psychiatric assessment before they have the chance to injure themselves or others…. But with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) under intense pressure, schools are increasingly expected to play a role in identifying children who are at risk of mental ill-health and intervening early to support them. More than half of primary school teachers do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, according to a 2017 survey…. Eftheros, who is himself bipolar, said the gravest threat to UK schoolchildren comes from knife crime…. He added: “Schools around the world, including those in the UK, are spectacularly failing to support young people with mental health conditions…. “Mental health cannot be cured, but it can be effectively managed. With the right training and support, teachers could be saving lives.”