Moreover, students with untreated mental health conditions are also more likely to experience bullying and exclusion, which can compound their problems and lead to further difficulties in school. On the other hand, when schools have resources in place to address children’s mental health needs, such as trained school counselors or mental health professionals, students are more likely to be successful and to experience positive outcomes.
It is important for schools and educational systems in the UK to prioritize mental health and to provide support for children who are struggling with their mental health. This includes providing access to mental health services and resources, promoting mental health education and awareness, and creating a safe and supportive school environment for all students.
- Prevalence of mental health problems: According to a 2019 report by the Mental Health Foundation, one in six children and young people in the UK (aged 5-16) has a mental health condition.
- Impact on academic performance: Children with mental health problems are more likely to struggle with school, including difficulty paying attention, completing assignments, and engaging in class. Approximately 10% of school-age children with mental health conditions have difficulties with their school work, compared to 4% of children without mental health problems.
- Risk of exclusion: Children with mental health problems are also more likely to experience exclusion from school, either through suspension or expulsion. In 2017-2018, exclusion rates for children with emotional, behavioral and social difficulties (EBSD) was 2.6 times higher than the national average.
- Intergenerational impact: Mental health problems can have a lasting impact on children’s future prospects, including reduced employment opportunities, lower educational attainment, and reduced life expectancy.
- Limited access to support: Despite the prevalence of mental health problems among children and young people, many do not receive the support they need. A 2020 report by the Children’s Commissioner for England found that only 1 in 3 children and young people who needed mental health support received it in the previous year.
These statistics demonstrate the need for increased attention to children’s mental health in mainstream schools in the UK. It is important for schools to prioritize mental health, provide support and resources for students, and create safe and inclusive environments for all children.
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