One in Five Children Could Be at Risk of Mental Health Issues

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One in five children could be at risk of mental health issues, according to a report published on April 27, 2018.

The study shows that nearly 19 per cent of the youngsters show signs of low self-worth and doubt their learning abilities and these are strong indicators that the child’s wellbeing is at risk. The report from GL assessment found that boys are just as likely to be vulnerable as girls. Over 850,000 children between the age of 7 and 14 in the UK were included in the study. These children were asked questions about how they felt about themselves and school.

The results of the study showed that more than 6 per cent of the children exhibited extremely poor attitudes to their learning and have very low self-regard, making them especially vulnerable. Jonny Benjamin, a mental health campaigner, said, “I believe there is more worry and pressure on children than ever and it’s starting younger.” For children and young people in schools, the accountability agenda means there is increasing pressure on teachers and therefore on pupils to achieve more.

Dr. Adam Boddison, chief executive of charity nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) said, “This is happening at the same time, as increasing complexity of special educational needs (SEN) and reduced resources in schools, as well as less access to external support services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).”

These negative attitudes, apart from academic performances, put the wellbeing of the child also at risk. Other factors such as careless work ethics and poor attendance record also affects the child’s happiness significantly.

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