National Studies suggest that in the UK, about 1 in 10 of all young people may experience a mental health problem or disorder. Without the right support a student’s mental ill-health may impact on their safety and happiness both in and out of school. Some examples of mental health issues include:
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
More detail about the potential symptoms or possible causes of mental health problems can be found in the ‘worried about your child’ section of the Young minds website.
The Pastoral team at Beccles Free School have a wealth of experience with supporting students with mental health issues and are also able to refer to external agencies, when specialised support is required.
Suffolk Safeguarding Children board: http://suffolkscb.org.uk/
Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/
MindEd (a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for adults): https://www.minded.org.uk/
Young Minds: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents
Brook – 5 steps to improving your self-esteem: https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/5-steps-to-improving-your-self-esteem
Brook – How to be happy: https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/how-to-be-happy