Scottish teachers lack mental health training

A SAMH report published yesterday has revealed that more than two-thirds of teachers  do not feel they have received sufficient training in mental health and are unable to effectively respond to pupils with mental health issues.

Every day, 20 young people don’t get the help they need for mental health problems | Image Credit: YouthLink Scotland

SAMH’s Going To Be campaign was created to draw attention to the average of three children in each class who will be suffering from poor mental health.

Billy Watson, Chief Executive of SAMH said:

“Although health and well-being is a core area of the Curriculum for Excellence, this survey shows clearly that unlike almost all other subject areas teachers have had insufficient or no training on mental health to allow them to do their job.Yet our mental health impacts on everything we do. Improving the self-esteem, resilience and well-being of all our young people must be a priority if we want them to learn.”

Currently there is no national strategy for how Scottish schools deal with mental health including guidance counselling for pupils – with approximately 1 in 5 children aged 13-18 experiencing mental illness. SAMH is hoping there will be counselling services across all Scotland’s secondary schools by 2020.

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