Mental Health

What has children’s mental health been like on return?

Everyone’s mental health has been affected during lockdown and with more students being referred to counselling services, the impact on children’s mental health should not be underestimated.

Primary and high school teachers have said children had “become more vulnerable in lockdown“, according to the BBC.

 75% of mental problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start under 18. What has been the impact on children’s mental health?

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Safeguarding learners with mental health issues

Today is Suicide Prevention Day – and this year more than most, mental health has taken centre stage.

Safeguarding learners during lockdown has been a challenge – and now schools have reopened experts are predicting a surge in cases, which some teachers are finding overwhelming.

This blog post explains the challenges faced and the solutions available to safeguard mental health students.

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Students experiencing separation anxiety

Separation anxiety could pose challenges for schools returning this autumn.

“It can be hard to recognise an anxiety disorder. Kids who worry are often quietly worried,” says Dr Michelle Curtin, developmental-behavioural pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

What are the signs of separation anxiety disorder, why might it occur and what can be done about it? This blog post explains.

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Missed safeguarding issues

“It just feels like nobody cares about us”, paediatrician Sarah Cockman had been told by parents and children on visits to B&Bs where homeless families had been staying. From bed-wetting to anxiety to leering men on doorsteps missed safeguarding issues have caused great concern during 2020.

Teachers have been told to expect a “tsunami of safeguarding concerns” when schools return this week.

The horrendous situation for families has been compounded during lockdown. The impact of inequality has exploited young people. EDBlog takes a look at missed safeguarding issues and how communities can work together to resolve them.

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Home education is “not sustainable, fair or workable”

Home education in it’s current form isn’t working. A report on the BBC this morning has told the story of parents being reduced to tears as they try to balance work with educating their children.

EDBlog has recently reported on the rise in mental health pressure amongst young people, but it is also having a significant effect on parents.

This latest campaign says in the event of future lockdowns “a plan must ensure that the learning and wellbeing of all children are prioritised, wherever circumstances they live in.”

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It’s #BestFriendsDay – a look at children’s mental health

Today is #BestFriendsDay, at a time when huge numbers of young people haven’t seen their best friend in a number of weeks. Children’s mental health is in freefall as a result of the lockdown.

According to Dr Maria Loades, a clinical psychologist, says “There is evidence that it’s the duration of loneliness as opposed to the intensity which seems to have the biggest impact on depression rates in young people.”

What do you like about your best friend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Should children (and parents) be worried about attending school?

School phobia even in pre-Covid times is a very real issue. The causes of which could increase during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not only this but Covid-19 has increased apprehension in the education setting. Children of key workers as well as vulnerable children are still expected to attend. But in reality only 5% of vulnerable children have actually been attending.

School phobia can be caused by a number of issues. The anxieties of parents, teachers and wider community will also have a substantial effect on parents. How will this all fit together and what is the Education Minister trying to do about it? This blog post tries to explain.

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Mental Health tips for parents and children

The United Kingdom has outlined new measures to order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic which will affect everyone.

The vast majority of shops will close and police will intervene on gatherings of more than two people. People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential travel to work, food shopping and to exercise once per day.

Many people are now fearing the effect of a lockdown on their mental health? This blog post is here to help.

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Mental health in schools: how education can help

The news in recent days has been dominated by the death of Caroline Flack, with the presenter previously opening up on her battles with depression and anxieties in the public eye.

The topic has reinvigorated conversations about mental health. The issue heavily affects teenagers, with 98% of teachers and school leaders admitting to coming into contact with pupils experiencing mental health problems in 2017.

But what is the current practice for addressing mental health in schools? What else can be done? This blog post explains.

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