Increase in Schools Seeking Mental Health Support

The number of schools referring children to mental health services has increased by over a third in the past three years. Over half of the referrals came from primary schools.

Nearly a third of the referrals were refused by Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The figures came from a Freedom of Information request by the NSPCC. Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said, “Our research shows schools are increasingly referring children for specialist mental health treatment, often when the child is at crisis point. Childline plays a vital role in supporting children with their mental and emotional health, and many turn to us when they are struggling to get access to specialist treatment. We have seen a marked increase in counselling about mental health, and fully expect it to continue.”