Should there be more mental health support in school?
More than eight out of ten children say they need greater mental health support in school.
First News and Young Minds spoke to 2,250 school children ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week 2024, and their message came through loud and clear.
Our poll showed a huge 82% (1,853) of children said there should be more mental health support in school and just 18% (397) said no.
Currently, only a third of schools have a Mental Health Support Team in them. The Government has set a target of getting this up to 50% of schools to ease the pressure, but our findings show young people don’t think this is enough.
NHS data shows one in five children aged eight to 16 have a probable mental health condition in 20231. That’s five children in every classroom.