Make it Count
Scotland will face a "growing child mental health crisis" unless emotional wellbeing is taken as seriously as reading and writing in in the school curriculum, the Mental Health Foundation Scotland has said.
Launching its new campaign, 'Make it Count', the Foundation has warned that mental health can no longer be treated as 'extra-curricular'.
Latest stats showed 8,000 children in Scotland with severe mental health problems were waiting to see a specialist at the end of June 2018 and 2,116 of them had been waiting for more than 18 weeks.
The Scottish Government announced more school-based counsellors and mental health first aid training for teachers in its programme for government, but the charity warned that this won’t solve the problem and called on the government to focus on prevention.
The Mental Health Foundation’s research has found:
- 25% of Scottish parents say that academic pressure and exam stress has caused their children to feel stressed.
- 31% of Scottish parents say social anxiety has caused their children to feel stressed.
- 58% of Scottish young people say that a fear of making mistakes has led them to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 60% of Scottish young people say that pressures to succeed has led them to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 53% of Scottish young people say their body image has led them to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope.