Calls for Global Positioning System to get mental health days to cope with stress

Spencer Underwood
May 14, 2018

More than half of the referrals came from primary schools, where children are under the age of 11, the figures showed.

Overall, the number of referrals to CAMHS has steadily increased each year since 2014/15, reaching 34,757 in 2017/18 - the equivalent of 183 every school day in England.

In 2016, 307 Lincolnshire pupils were referred to the specialist service.

Almost a third of referrals from schools to CAMHS, for Trusts across England who were able to provide the information, over the last three years were declined treatment as they did not meet the criteria for support.

The number of referrals since 2014 who were not eligible for treatment at the trust was 443 and the total not eligible in each year has increased - there were 62 cases in 2014/15 and 204 in 2017/2018.

But the actual figures could be much higher. And raising public awareness about early intervention for mental health problems in young people, he said, is critical for them to be successful later on in their lives.

Policing, as well as other types of jobs, have an increase of demand from its employees, which is why it is important to keep an eye on our mental health.

A government spokeswoman said it was investing an additional £300m to provide quicker support to children.

"All businesses, not just ours, need to create awareness amongst senior leadership teams in particular, so they can understand and identify the signs of ill mental health within their teams at an early stage, before the natural stresses of work potentially make it an unbearable situation".

Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion at th RCPCH said, 'Paediatricians working in the community have also noted a surge in referrals for emotional and behavioural difficulties, often once CAMHS have rejected the referral, ' he said.

'At the universal level, we need Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at all primary and secondary schools, so that children can self-manage better. "We're looking forward to supporting this internally and externally".

"Our counsellors are literally saving lives, and it concerns us that we can not help every child who desperately needs us".

The study of 4,619 people - which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with Mental Health First Aid England for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) - also revealed that a quarter (25 per cent) of millennials and nearly one in five (18 per cent) baby boomers believe they compromise their health to do their job.

However, three-quarters (77 per cent) of workers said the support of an effective manager helped with their management of stress and mental wellbeing. Organisations could also set up a network of mental health or well-being champions to raise awareness of well-being issues and help to effect cultural change throughout the organisation.

'We know we need to do more which is why we have extended our schools and NHS link pilot to deliver training in 20 more areas of the country this year.

Other reports by

Recent News Articles

Discuss This Article

MOST POPULAR

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER