Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

Ella Lane is a Grade 10 student at Claremont Secondary School

Ella Lane is a Grade 10 student at Claremont Secondary School

According to a Freedom of Information request sent out to NHS trusts by children's charity NSPCC, 292 pupils in Lincolnshire schools were referred to CAMHS (NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) a year ago.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, which runs the CAMHS service for the county, said the higher number of referrals were as a result of making the system simpler.

53 trusts provided at least some data for the total number of CAMHS referrals they have had from education settings, showing 25,140 referrals for 2014-15 and 34,757 for 2017-18.

"In recent years, huge steps have been taken to improve mental health awareness across society, including in the workplace", said Jaan Madan, workplace lead at Mental Health First Aid England.

More than half of van drivers and owners still say there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health at work, despite a number of high-profile and hard-hitting campaigns, according to the latest Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd.

The NSPCC's Childline service has reported a 26% increase in the number of counselling sessions with children about mental health issues over the past four years, with some saying they only receive specialist support when they reach crisis point.

Michelle O'Sullivan, RSSB's mental wellbeing specialist said rail companies are increasingly recognising the importance and benefits of addressing mental health issues with awareness-raising initiatives such as Mental Health Awareness Week, which are endorsed authentically by senior leadership teams.

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A government spokeswoman said it was investing an additional £300m to provide quicker support to children.

"If everybody from upper management to bottom management engages in a practice where they're openly talking about their mental health problems, then it sends a message to the entire community [that] it's OK to talk about these issues", Theresa Nguyen, vice president of policy and programs at Mental Health America, advises.

"But we also need to change at a societal level".

"We are also asking for well-being days to be provided to public sector workers as part of reducing the pressure on those who work hardest to look after us".

'We know we need to do more which is why we have extended our schools and NHS link pilot to deliver training in 20 more areas of the country this year.

Spire FM is joining hundreds of BBC and commercial radio stations around the United Kingdom to broadcast a one-minute message about mental health. This includes ensuring that employers treat stress and mental health problems as seriously as physical safety.

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