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Mental health problems rife among teenagers but teachers lack skills to help

The Guardian – Rachel Ellis

“The vast majority of teenagers say they experience “emotional distress” after starting secondary school but claim teachers don’t have the skills to help them, research has found. Four in every five 12- to 16-year-olds in the survey said they felt they had mental health problems but just one in 20 would turn to a teacher for help if they felt depressed, anxious, stressed or emotionally unable to cope. The poll of 500 secondary school pupils, for the teenage mental health charity stem4, comes as MPs were warned that schools had only a “patchy” ability to pick up and prevent mental health problems in pupils.”(more)

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