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(UK) Scotland: More than 2/3 of teachers feel unqualified to deal with mental health issues

Jan 28, 2018, (UK) Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: Mental health association calls on government to mark Year of Young People http://www.dumbartonreporter.co.uk/news/15902368.Mental_health_association_calls_on_government_to_mark_Year_of_Young_People/ SCOTTISH Association for Mental Health has called on the Scottish Government to mark the Year of Young People by creating a programme to train all school staff in mental health. A survey of more than 3,000 school staff respondents in Scotland found more than two-thirds of teachers do not feel they have received sufficient training in mental health to allow them to carry out their role properly – and only a third of school staff say their school has an effective way of responding to pupils experiencing mental health problems. … Billy Watson, chief executive of SAMH said: “While we know that work on mental health training is underway as part of the Mental Health Strategy, we think more needs to be done – at a quicker pace, and on a national level.”