Young People Failed by Approach to Mental Health in Secondary Schools Across England
Mind’s inquiry into secondary education and mental health – ‘Not Making the Grade: why our approach to mental health at secondary school is failing young people’ has revealed that almost all (96%) of young people surveyed across England, reported that their mental health had affected their schoolwork at some point.
As part of its inquiry, Mind consulted with over 2,870 young people, parents/caregivers of young people affected by mental health problems, mental health professionals and school staff across England. The charity found that nearly seven in ten (68%) young people reported being absent from school due to their mental health. Some young people also reported having their mental health problems treated as bad behaviour, rather than being supported to address underlying issues. Some reported being sent into isolation, physically restrained, or excluded from school for this reason.