Mental health awareness training needed in businesses

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"It is therefore an obvious choice for us all to come together to talk about the things that matter most in our lives." .

There has been a 10-fold increase in the number of young people being referred by Northamptonshire schools for mental health treatment in the past four years, with more than half of referrals made concerning primary school children.

The total number of referrals since 2014 was 1,305.

The NSPCC sent FOI requests to 66 NHS trusts in England asking for the number of CAMHS referrals they have had from education settings in the last three years (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18).

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Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion at th RCPCH said, 'Paediatricians working in the community have also noted a surge in referrals for emotional and behavioural difficulties, often once CAMHS have rejected the referral, ' he said.

Fifty-six per cent of 2,002 van drivers and owners who were asked to give their views and experiences of mental health issues in the workplace said discussion was stigmatised, with the top reason cited being because it is a "male-dominated industry".

The study also revealed that only one in five companies used mental health first aid training and other well-known interventions.

Phil Constantine, operations director at Leeds-based Vickers Laboratories, and Gavin Howarth, managing director at Howarths People & Safety Management in Cleckheaton, are calling for businesses to be aware of the negative impact that failing to equip senior leadership teams and managers with skills to identify and address mental health issues in the workplace could have. It said funding cuts were leaving schools "exposed and unsupported".

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While some of the rise since then is likely to be a result of growing awareness among teachers, it also reflects a growing mental health crisis among young people.

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

Esther Rantzen, the Childline founder and president said: "We must make sure that Childline is adequately funded so it isn't left vulnerable and can be there for the children who have nowhere else to turn".

"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", he said.

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In October the CAMHS and the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service will host a Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing conference in Kettering which will look at a range of issues affecting pupils such as loneliness at primary school, anxiety, self harm, bereavement and supporting children who are questioning their gender.

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