The mental health charity, Mind, has launched an education inquiry for secondary schools in the United Kingdom. The charity Mind has warned that young people with mental health problems are at severe risk of being marginalized and left behind by the education system.
What is Mind?
Mind is a mental health charity that was founded in 1946 as the National Association of Mental Health. The charity aims to support and offer information to people suffering from mental health problems, as well as raise awareness of issues surrounding mental health in society. The Mind charity has been accessed by almost eleven million people and continues to reach those that struggle with mental health issues every day.
Inquiry for Secondary Schools in the UK
As coronavirus measures ease and restrictions are being lifted, millions of children and teenagers are heading back to school across the country. The Mind charity has raised the issue of schools, particularly secondary schools, not providing the tools to support students with mental health issues. The charity has warned that if this issue is not addressed, young people face decades of poor mental health.
Mind has launched ‘Educating Mental Health’, an inquiry into how secondary schools are responding and dealing with pupils with mental health problems. This is the first inquiry of its kind run by the charity. Mind is urging young people, aged 13 to 25, their teachers, parents and other relevant persons to share information with the charity’s inquiry. The charity Mind is especially interested in the experiences of young people and their parents who have been excluded from, or asked to leave, school.
The Head of Policy and Campaigns at Mind, Vicki Nash, released the following statement about the charity’s latest mental health inquiry:
“The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on the lives of millions of children in England and Wales. It’s good that for many, a return to school may mark something of a return to normality.
“But sadly schools aren’t always able to support young people with mental health problems. In fact, sometimes they can even be part of the problem. All young people with a mental health problem deserve the care they need, but even well-meaning schools can often be poorly equipped to support pupils experiencing problems with their mental health.
“We want to help. Our inquiry will help us establish the key issues within the secondary education system for children with mental health problems. This isn’t about individual schools or teachers – it’s about the education system as a whole. That’s why we will be looking at the national picture, Government policy, and speaking to teachers and school leaders. Our nation’s children are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, and it’s vital that we know how to support schools so that each child struggling with a mental health problem gets the help and support they need to thrive in school.”