One in 10 children between the ages of five-16 years, or three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem.
It is estimated that half of all mental health problems manifest before the age of 14 years, with 25% enduring mental health conditions being present by the age of 24 years.
The most recent survey published by NHS Digital in 2018 found that 12.5% of five to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed (2017), and 5% met the criteria for 2 or more mental disorders.
One in 12 (8.1%) five to 19-year olds had an emotional disorder like anxiety or depression.
Children and young people spend most of their time in education, therefore school staff are well suited to support the early identification of mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.
Ensuring children and young people have the right support at the right time can have a significant impact on physical and mental health (green paper reference).
The National Trailblazer Mental Health Support Team Programme, funded by NHS England is an exciting new service aiming to develop and deliver a collaborative, system-wide approach to support the mental health of children in the school setting. Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) complement existing support provided in schools by providing a realm of expertise and resources to deliver quicker support to individuals who may not typically meet the CAMHS thresholds, but would benefit from accessing early support.
MHSTs have a simple objective: to bring together education and mental health professionals to develop a systemic and sustainable approach to children and young people’s mental health.
Oxford Health Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Bucks County Council and Bucks Mind have successfully developed two MHSTs that are currently operating in 32 schools across Buckinghamshire.
The Bucks MHSTs recognise that schools need to actively promote mental wellbeing and resilience, and have thus adopted an integrated, whole school approach that goes beyond teaching alone to pervade wider aspects of schools life.
You can download our poster for display in schools.
Our secondary school poster is downloadable here
Our primary school poster is downloadable here
Last updated: 20 February, 2020