Mental health of students: key findings of teacher survey
18th April 2019
This week, a survey of 8,600 school leaders, teachers and support workers revealed a shocking deterioration of mental health amongst young people in England. With the Department for Education investing an additional £2.3 billion a year between 2023 and 2024, the survey highlights how a lack of funding, an increase in exam pressure, and difficulties accessing external support services (64% of those surveyed), such as CAMHS, is impacting the mental health of students.
Key findings from the survey – a snapshot
- 83% said they had seen a rise in the number of children in their care with poor mental health
- 90% witnessed an increase in the number of young people in their care with poor mental health in colleges
- Fewer than half said their school had a counsellor
- Only 12% had a ‘mental first aider’, as favoured by the government
- 57% said real-term funding cuts hindered them from properly supporting young people experiencing mental health issues
- Only 30% said they had external specialist support
Many of those surveyed reported an increase in mental health issues affecting young children, with children as young as nine talking about suicide.
Here at Impero, supporting schools to identify, prevent and aid young people suffering from mental health issues is an issue close to our heart. Over the past five years, we’ve partnered with a range of charities and specialist organisations – many experts in the field of mental health – to help inform the development of our online safety module, Impero EdProtect, and our digital safeguarding system, Impero EdAware.
Our key partners include Harmless, Beat, the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Bullying UK, ANAD, iKeepSafe and more.