A radical reform of mental health support in schools is needed in response to COVID-19 pandemic or catch-up efforts will be “blocked”.
The Coalition for Youth Mental Health in Schools call for action on mental health support and more funding to support pupils.
A report found that 62% of young people reported feeling anxious or worried and 18% reported having suicidal thoughts more frequently than pre-pandemic.
Their report recommends changes in counselling in school and in the delivery of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.
Every staff member should receive appropriate mental health and wellbeing awareness training, as part of their annual safeguarding training.
They urge that the appointment of a designated mental health leader in every school should be accelerated and urge the government to make changes in the provision of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).