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Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

School referrals for mental health treatment soar in Berkshire

School referrals for mental health treatment soar in Berkshire

The CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Wellbeing at Work report also revealed that mental ill-health was now the main cause of long-term absence in more than a fifth of United Kingdom organisations (22 per cent) and that stress-related absence had increased over the previous year in more than a third (37 per cent) of businesses.

According to a Freedom of Information request sent out to NHS trusts by children's charity NSPCC, 292 pupils in Lincolnshire schools were referred to CAMHS (NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) past year.

Benton said the stigma of mental health conditions can be decreased by the increase in access to care that occurs "by treating young people where they are seeking support - from schools and their primary care providers".

Over the past four years, there has been a steady rise in the number of referrals to CAHMS from schools in London and the south east from 10,127 in 2-14/15 to 12,240 in 2017/18.

Almost a third (31 per cent) of referrals from schools to CAMHS over the last three years were declined treatment as they did not meet the criteria for support.

"Mental health continues to draw more national attention, yet it remains severely underfunded and misunderstood", said the lawmakers, who were joined at the briefing by leading mental health organizations, including the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), as well as individuals who shared their personal experiences and emphasized the benefits of early identification and treatment.

The NSPCC's Are You There? campaign is calling on the government to invest funding into early support services for children.

'But only a system-wide overhaul of agencies concerned with children's mental health will allow us to identify children developing mental health problems (including behavioural disorders) and allow for assessment of need and appropriate multi-agency support, thus preventing them from getting to crisis point.

The government says its reforms will transform services for children.

Meanwhile, three-quarters of people in the United Kingdom have felt "overwhelmed or unable to cope" at some point in the previous year, according to the largest study of its kind. A study called Stress: Are we coping? looked into whether or not people in the United Kingdom were handling stress well and the answering was a resounding no. The youngest child referred for help was three years old.

Apparently, women are generally more stressed than men (89% versus 76%) and there was also a worrying trend of African-Caribbean women in particular facing high levels of stress, which the charity claimed was "linked to reported incidents of racism".

"However, today's research commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation shows that more needs to be done to translate this awareness into action, with only 14% of both millennials and baby boomers feeling comfortable speaking to their managers about stress". Other issues that can cause stress, these could be relationships, work or money issues.

Recent figures show that in 2016, 15 million working days were lost because of stress, anxiety or depression.

It's mental health awareness week and, well, it's off to a bleak start.

"Mental health affects the well-being of communities in every congressional district across the country, but many areas lack adequate resources to treat those in need", the members said in their joint statement.

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