Calls for NHS Counsellors in Schools to Relieve Mental Health Crisis
- The children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfeild, has renewed calls for NHS-funded counsellors to be placed in every school amid concerns over the impact of lockdown on young people’s mental health
- As pupils return to school after six-months of closures due to the pandemic, Anne Longfield has said the availability of a counsellor in “every school for every child who needs one” would help relieve pressure on struggling child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
- She said: “The children’s mental health system will struggle to cope for as long as we are failing to provide early help to tackle problems before they become crises.”
- A recent study by Time to Change, a mental health initiative run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, warned that almost half (46 per cent) of 11- to 18-year-olds are concerned about the impact of returning to education on their mental health