Daniel Zeichner MP has backed calls to improve support for children’s mental health at school after it was revealed that three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem.
Daniel has joined with YoungMinds and the National Children’s Bureau to call on the Government to rebalance the education system better to support pupils’ mental health and wellbeing by providing early intervention and working with specialist services through a clear statutory duty on all schools to promote wellbeing.
Daniel Zeichner said: ‘Increasing numbers of young people are experiencing poor mental health at school. The pressures of exams, social media, cyber-bullying, “sexting”, and prospects for the future, especially in the jobs market, are having an impact on our children’s state of mind.
‘But our increasingly pressurised education system leaves teachers with little time, capacity or training to support mental health alongside academic achievement. There should, for example, be a counselling service for all children in every secondary school.’