There is currently a mental health crisis happening in the UK and all around the world and this is not confined to adults. Studies have shown that mental health problems affect roughly 1 in 10 children and young people with around 70% not getting the appropriate interventions at an early age.
It is impossible why to say a child might experience any kind of mental health problem whether this is depression, anxiety or a behavioural issue. It is, of course, important to look at the schooling system as this plays such a pivotal role in a child’s life and is where they spend a significant amount of time.
A child with a mental health issue is likely to find it difficult to succeed at school both socially and academically which could have a significant impact on their entire life so it is crucial that mental health is addressed as early as possible. Not only this, but these problems can also affect the other students which can create a larger issue.
Recognising Mental Health Issues
It is vital that those at the school and the child’s parent are able to recognise, support and get the help needed to assist those with a mental health problem. These issues are often treatable particularly when detected at an early stage and this could help the child to improve their resilience and succeed in both school and life. It can be challenging to recognise the signs and symptoms and they may vary from child to child. A few of the most common signs to look out for include:
- Being noticeably withdrawn
- Not socialising
- Inability to focus
- Eating disorders
- Mood swings
Common Reasons for Difficulties
Additionally, there may be reasons that a child has a mental health disorder while other times it will be seemingly out of the blue. Common triggers include:
- Parents separating
- Death of a loved one
- Parent with their own problems
- Issues at home
- Struggling to keep up with peers
So, what about treatment? While it is important for the parents and school to provide support and guidance where needed, schools often cannot respond effectively to children’s mental health problems because a professional is required. Taking them to a health professional that uses an EPR system will be the first step as they will be able to offer guidance on the best approach. Smart technology like this is becoming highly effective at treating both physical and mental health conditions as it can easily connect secondary care, GP and social care systems for consistent, holistic care. It will then be a combined effort from the school, parents and mental health professionals to support the child and help them to overcome their difficulties.
Mental health problems are on the rise amongst youth in the UK and not enough is being done at schools to identify and treat these problems at an early stage. Early intervention is crucial for care and can make all the difference in helping the child to overcome their difficulties and find success academically, socially and in other areas in such a key time for their development.
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