With the pandemic having exacerbated existing mental health challenges for many already-vulnerable students and having led others to experience problems for the first time, schools are picking up the pieces at a time when funding is tight and the thresholds for applying to CAMHS are high.
NHS mental health research shows that one in six children aged six to 16 now have a probable mental health condition. Notably, 38% of 11 to 16-year-olds are affected by problems with sleep.
And levels of anxiety are on the rise. Research by Place2Be and the National Association of Head Teachers earlier this year found that 95% of school staff reported an increase in anxiety among pupils, while earlier this month research from the Anna Freud Centre revealed that 82% of secondary teachers say they have seen increasing levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms among students.
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