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How do schools support your kids through mental health problems?

How do schools support your kids through mental health problems?

Published at 7:52am 10th October 2017. (Updated at 2:40pm 10th October 2017)

Today's teenagers in Yorkshire may be facing a vast number of pressures that simply didn't exist a generation ago.

Recently published Government figures suggest as may as one in ten children and young people has a diagnosable mental health problem - about three in every classroom.

It means schools are having to increase the help available.

Stray FM has been speaking to Phil Temple, the Assistant Head at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, who has responsibility for supporting students through any problems:

What happens when a student raises concerns?

"There is no doubt that students are struggling with the demands of ever changing exam situations, ever-changing requirements from their peers, expectations, instant judgement based on their online profiles.

"Any number of those things really have a massive impact."

Prince Henry's has a number of established partnerships with organisations like the NHS, the police and social care providers, while mental health is also addressed during lesson time as part of the PHSE curriculum.

Students also have access to fully trained mental health counsellors.

The Time to Change charity has previously campaigned for more awareness of the impact of mental health problems in school.


If you are concerned about a young person's mental health, you can visit the following links:

Young Minds - a charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/

Childline - 24 hour helpline https://www.childline.org.uk/

Papyrus - charity for the prevention of young suicide, offering confidential support and awareness training papyrus-uk.org

Mind - the mental health charity - also has a range of other useful links https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/children-and-young-people/useful-contacts/#.WdxrjVtSxhF