Secondary school pupils are suffering from significant mental health problems and girls are particularly badly affected, a new study reveals. Researchers from the University of York examined questionnaire data on mental health and well-being from more than 6,300 secondary school pupils. They found that one in seven pupils were struggling with emotional problems such as anxiety and low mood, with girls and year 11 students struggling the most The authors say more investment in mental health services in schools is needed to develop targeted and more accessible support for children in need of help. They found that one in seven pupils were struggling with emotional problems such as anxiety and low mood, with girls and year 11 students struggling the most. Stock image This is one of the largest studies of teenage mental health in 20 years, according to the authors, with responses from 21 different schools in the north of England. They found that 15 per cent of 12-16 year-olds are experiencing high or very high levels of mental health difficulties. This is a marked increase from 1999, when a study found that just 11 per cent of secondary school children were experiencing any kind of mental health issues…. Read full this story
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