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Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

Expert comment - Mental health in the United Kingdom workplace, is enough being done?

The average age of the youngest child at referral was around three-and-a half in 2017/18.

The true figure is unknown as some NHS trusts were not able to provide statistics.

Of these, 56 per cent of referrals came from primary schools.

Overall, the number of referrals to CAMHS has steadily increased each year since 2014/15, reaching 34,757 in 2017/18 - the equivalent of 183 every school day in England.

In this context, "education settings" encompasses local authority maintained schools, academies, nurseries, independent schools and providers, and pupil referral units.

But the actual figures could be much higher.

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'.

In October the CAMHS and the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service will host a Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing conference in Kettering which will look at a range of issues affecting pupils such as loneliness at primary school, anxiety, self harm, bereavement and supporting children who are questioning their gender. "It is vital the government urgently provides more funding to Childline and help children who don't have access to support elsewhere".

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The NSPCC has warned that increased demand for support across specialist CAMHS, schools and the voluntary sector is placing the system under real pressure, "jeopardising the well-being of thousands of children".

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Newton Abbot Racecourse have teamed up with the mental health charity Mind for their Wednesday 16th May fixture, which has been called the Mind and Racing Welfare raceday, with Windsor Racecourse also hosting the Mental Health Foundation during racing on Monday 14th May.

"Our counsellors are literally saving lives, and it concerns us that we can not help every child who desperately needs us". They included changing the way health and social care professionals react to stressors in patients, which included a "compassionate and trauma-informed response" and introducing "mental health literacy" as a compulsory part of teacher training. It said funding cuts were leaving schools "exposed and unsupported".

The Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust has received more than 1,000 referals from schools for pupils since 2014. This includes ensuring that employers treat stress and mental health problems as seriously as physical safety.

"Mental health continues to draw more national attention, yet it remains severely underfunded and misunderstood", said the lawmakers, who were joined at the briefing by leading mental health organizations, including the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), as well as individuals who shared their personal experiences and emphasized the benefits of early identification and treatment.

Hollyoaks will air a special episode focusing on Alfie Nightingale's mental health struggles on Monday 4 June in which the character is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.