Mental health issues are a massive problem among young children in the UK.
Exam-factory culture has led to increased anxiety, yet, only half of schools have implemented programmes to increase wellbeing.
(Lord Layard, Government Happiness Tsar)
Children are more stressed out than ever.
The Mental Health Foundation says that 3 children in every class have a diagnosed mental health problem. And since 2009, children’s life satisfaction has stopped improving according to The Children’s Society. With counselling for exam stress tripling in 2013/14 and 43% of schools counselling under 11’s (Childline 2013), it’s no surprise that demand for our services is rising.
The 2015 World Innovation Summit for Health states:
- Our schools need to adopt children’s wellbeing as one of their major objectives – both in their ethos and their teaching
- Life skills can and should be taught as professionally as maths and literature
- Every school should promote the wellbeing of its children, using evidence-based approaches
The urgency of this issue was emphasised at the start of 2017 with the Prime Minister’s announcement of Mental Health reform which must emphasise early intervention for children. The Department of Education (DfE) acknowledges that improving children’s wellbeing should be a priority for schools.
In December 2017, the government announced long-term plans for wellbeing education through a green paper ‘Transforming children and young peoples’ mental health provision’.
Inside Out is committed to this global call-to-action making children’s wellbeing a priority.
The best predictor of whether a child will become a satisfied adult is not their academic achievement but their emotional health in childhood.
(The Economic Journal, 2014)