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Lincolnshire child mental health referrals double

15 May 2018

The charity found that the number of schools seeking professional help for students from NHS child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) was 34,757 in 2017-18, equivalent to 183 every school day.

The number of primary school pupil referrals has been slammed by Labour county councillor Danielle Stone as 'absolutely horrifying'.

In nearly a third of referrals for which data is available, children were denied specialist treatment from Child and Adolescent Mental health Services (CAMHS).

It's believed community and voluntary services, such as the helpline, are a lifeline to rejected children.

Commenting on the findings, Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at Mental Health First Aid England, said: "In recent years, huge steps have been taken to improve mental health awareness across society, including in the workplace".

"We need greater investment at all stages of life, especially early on", Reps.

This includes new mental health support teams to provide trained mental health workers to work closely with schools -including primary schools - to provide quicker support to children.

The week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and hopes to open up conversations about stress and encourage people to look at ways they can reduce stress in their lives.

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Dame Esther Rantzen, founder and president of Childline, said: "Young people are telling us they are overwhelmed with mental health issues, such depression and anxiety, which is taking many of them to the brink of suicide". Soaring numbers of under-18s have sought NHS care for such problems over the past decade but, according to Public Health England, only a quarter who need help get it.

Sarah Hannafin, senior policy adviser at the National Association of Head Teachers, said: "More pupils are suffering from mental health issues and there is much more awareness in schools for spotting potential problems and intervening early to get 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. "Giving employees support and a positive psychosocial work environment has a proven impact on productivity and means that employees embrace the challenges of work with more energy and commitment", he said.

"However, many of these children are not meeting the thresholds set by Camhs - many are concerned about how high these thresholds are".

The Mental Health Minutre is being spearheaded by Radiocentre and Radio Academy and executed by content agency Somethin' Else.

The government has pledged to introduce four-week maximum waiting times for Camhs but it has been criticised because they will apply only to up to a quarter of England by 2022-23.

The NSPCC is calling on Government to increase the amount of funding it gives to Childline, to ensure it can reach even more children who are struggling.

"So children are getting less support and the number of learning assistants that provided the pastoral support are being reduced due to school cuts". It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Lincolnshire child mental health referrals double