(UK) Students struggle with mental health problems

Feb 4, 2018, (UK) Sunday Express: School, and not social media, is 'by far the biggest concern' for stressed children TWO-thirds of children are stressed about life at secondary school while only a tenth are worried about social media. A survey has also discovered that a third of pupils are unhappy at home with a quarter concerned about their weight. It is also disturbing that increasing numbers of children at nursery and primary school level are being treated at hospital for self-harming. … Social media concerns range from cyberbullying to their number of “likes” on Facebook and Instagram. Hospital admissions for self-harm by children aged three to nine has increased by 27 per cent in England for the five years until 2017, according to figures from NHS Digital, with 13 per cent in the year from 2016 alone. At the same time, teachers say they are struggling to get help for the children who need it. A separate survey by NAHT, the headteachers’ union, showed 56 per cent who tried to get mental health support for their pupils found it “difficult” and more than one in five failed. Most cited a lack of NHS services or budget constraints. The Barnardo’s survey, carried out by YouGov, included 640 youngsters aged between 12 and 16 to identify some of the drivers to mental ill health. It asked children about what made them sad or anxious and discovered their biggest concern – affecting two-thirds of this age group – was stress at school. … Meanwhile, more than a quarter of the children referred to specialist mental health services were not accepted last year – a total of more than 50,000 pupils, according to the Education Policy Institute.