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(UK) 'Teachers have never before had to deal with such a complex range of pupil...issues as today'

April 2, 2018, (UK) Independent: School mental health problems extend to primary-age pupils amid cuts to support https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/mental-health-primary-school-sexual-harassment-bullying-pupils-nasuwt-union-a8283876.html Primary school children are showing signs of mental health problems – including anxiety, panic attacks and depression – amid cuts to specialist support, a new survey of teachers suggests. The vast majority (96 per cent) of teachers say they have come into contact with pupils of all ages experiencing mental health issues, according to research from the NASUWT teaching union. Of these, around one in seven (14 per cent) said that pupils experiencing these difficulties were aged between four and seven, while over a quarter (27 per cent) said they were aged seven to 11. … One teacher spoke of an 8-year-old who climbed onto the roof and said they wanted to kill themselves…. Teachers said family problems (86 per cent), pressures of exams (66 per cent) and social media (64 per cent) were main causes of mental health problems such as self-harming, eating disorders and OCD. … Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said: "Teachers have never before had to deal with such a complex range of pupil welfare issues as they do today. "The pressure on teachers and headteachers is enormous and is putting at risk their own mental and physical health and wellbeing."…