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Survey shows teachers need more support to help children who self harm

New research by YoungMinds suggests over three quarters of teachers feel they do not have sufficient training on children and young people’s mental health.

The research, which surveyed 3,000 secondary school teachers, indicated that whilst teachers are often the first point of call for children who need mental health support only 36% feel confident in knowing how to provide that support.

Yet the incidence of children requiring help is significant with 84% of respondees reporting they have taught a student who they believe self-harms in the last year.

Emma Thomas, CEO of YoungMinds, said: “The vast majority of secondary school teachers have first-hand experience of teaching a child who is self-harming, but too often they haven’t had enough training or support to know how best to respond to their needs.

“That’s why we’ve created a range of resources for teachers, to help them feel more confident in supporting a young person who may seek their help. And we also need to make sure that schools have the skills and support they need to ensure that they can make wellbeing and mental health a priority.”

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