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26 Jul 2013

Behaviour - Helping children with mental health issues

Teachers should open students’ eyes to these problems, recognise warning signs and ask for expert help if they think it is required

There is a myth within society today that mental health problems are an adult-only concern. In reality, children and young people are just as susceptible.

The evidence is persuasive. In the UK, the Prince’s Trust interviewed more than 2,000 16- to 25-year-olds for its Youth Index 2013. The charity found that 27 per cent of the respondents who were in work felt down or depressed “always” or “often” and that this increased to almost half (48 per cent) of those who were not in education, employment or training (Neet).

And Keith Hawton and Anthony James, in the British Medical Journal article titled “ABC of Adolescence: suicide and deliberate self harm in young people”, write of finding high levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and self-harm among young people in Britain.

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