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Monitoring your child's mental health

Monitoring your child's mental health

The number of referrals by schools seeking mental health treatment for pupils has increased by over a third in the last three years, the NSPCC has revealed.

In another study published today by Cascade HR, four out of five of 540 United Kingdom participants polled described stress as "a way of life", while two-thirds (67 per cent) said they had felt stressed at work for a week or more at some point in the past year.

Over the past four years, there has been a steady rise in the number of referrals to CAHMS from schools in London and the south east from 10,127 in 2-14/15 to 12,240 in 2017/18.

The NSPCC's 'Are You There?' campaign is calling on the government to invest more money into early support services and the charity Childline.

One of the key themes of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is helping people to acknowledge and learn how to tackle stress.

Dame Esther Rantzen, founder and president of Childline said: "Young people are telling us they are overwhelmed with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, which is taking many of them to the brink of suicide".

This is why our new Mental Health Strategy, published a year ago, was shaped by a public consultation - a consultation that received almost 600 responses.

That's why it is not only important to think about what we can do to take care of our own mental health, it is also important to be open to talking about the subject with others and learning to spot the signs when someone might need a bit of help.

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Directors at two of West Yorkshire's most prominent firms have come together to encourage business leaders across the region to recognise the importance of "essential workplace mental health awareness training" in line with Mental Health Awareness Week, which starts today until 18 May.

Hannon added that one of the myths that often prevents parents from seeking treatment for their child is that they will be judged if their child has a mental health condition or as parents they did something wrong.

"Too much stress doesn't just make you feel bad - it can also be bad for your health", said Amanda O'Neill, Senior Health and Wellbeing Improvement Officer with the PHA.

"This Roadshow is the brainchild of our Taskforce, who have been clear that conversations on youth mental health need to be led by young people".

The NSPCC has urged the Goverment to recognise the "vital" role the voluntary sector plays in offering support to children with mental health problems. "Mentalhealth.org.uk explains that stress is not a mental health problem in itself - it is an adaptation to the situation we find ourselves in".

We believe it is crucial that young people can access support without excessive delays whenever they are fearless enough to seek help.

"This includes new mental health support teams to provide trained mental health workers to work closely with schools - including primary schools - to provide quicker support to children".