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Teachers' warning on inadequate mental health provision

Many schools are reporting a rise in the number of pupils experiencing mental health problems, but are struggling to refer them to mental health services. Headteachers and experts have warned of the lack of provision in mental health, following a case where CAMHS were unable to provide a bed for a suicidal teenager.

Marc Bush, Chief Policy Adviser at YoungMinds, says:

“While schools shouldn’t be expected to pick up the pieces left by inadequate mental health services, they do have a crucial role to play in helping young people develop the skills they need to cope in today’s world, and in identifying problems when they first emerge."

That’s why the government must rebalance the education system, to give all schools the recognition and resources they need to make wellbeing a priority
Marc Bush - Chief Policy Adviser, YoungMinds

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Girls feel pressure of online ‘perfection’, poll finds

A poll led by the charity Girlguiding has found that one of the biggest worries for girls online is comparing themselves and their lives to others.

Tom Madders, Director of Communications and Campaigns at the charity YoungMinds, said: “Young people now face the pressure of creating a personal brand from a young age, and seeking reassurance in the form of likes and shares.

With feeds full of idyllic holiday photos or groups of friends, it can be hard not to compare yourself to others or feel like you should be living the ‘perfect life’. While it’s important to recognise and teach young people against dangers online, it’s also really important to acknowledge that social media can have an impact on young people’s wellbeing or exacerbate feelings of being left out.”

What young people see on social media doesn’t reflect real life, and we need to do more to help young people build resilience to the pressures of being online.”
Tom Madders - Director of Communications and Campaigns, YoungMinds

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Stressed out GCSE pupils needs more mental health help

Sarah Brennan welcomes Prime Minister’s pledge for 100,000 teenagers in England and Wales to receive extra guidance on the aspect of their wellbeing.

As teenagers across much of the UK get their GCSE exam results, there is an acute sense that the pressure on them to succeed from a young age has been growing. That is perhaps one reason we are in the midst of a mental health crisis in our schools.
Sarah Brennan - Chief Executive, YoungMinds

Students should be given compulsory lessons on mental health and wellbeing, urge researchers

With ‘worrying’ levels of self-harm among pupils, experts urge government to introduce compulsory PSHE lessons covering mental health and wellbeing.

It is vital that the government re-balances the education system to focus on the wellbeing and mental health of students. There is no quick fix, wellbeing must be integrated into every part of a school to ensure that children and young people feel like a valued member of their school community
Tom Madders - Director of Communications and Campaigns, YoungMinds

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Find out more about our major campaign, Wise Up, calling on the government to rebalance the education system.

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