Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Stress made 74% of people feel 'unable to cope'

Stress made 74% of people feel 'unable to cope'

MORE than 1,100 children have been referred by schools to East Lancashire Health Trusts for specialist mental health treatment in the last four years.

In the North of England more than 35,000 referrals were made to specialist NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) between 2014/2017 and 2017/2018.

Worryingly, 56% of referrals were from primary schools - which the NSPCC say could be down to a lack of funding and support.

Overall the number of referrals to CAMHS from schools has increased each year since 2014, reaching 34,757 in 2017; the equivalent of 183 every school day, and up from 25,150 in 2014.

Almost a third (31%) of referrals from schools to CAMHS over the last three years were declined treatment as they did not meet the criteria for support.

Alana Ryan, the NSPCC policy officer, said: "It is worrying there are so many children being deemed as needing some kind of mental health support and whether or not that is mental health support that meets the clinical support threshold, it's still a need".

"Normalizing the experience is really important for youth when it comes to being aware that mental health is part of your whole health", said Coleman.

A Government spokesperson said, 'Making sure children and young people get the right support when they need it is imperative.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about stress and the steps we can take to tackle it.

The study also revealed that only one in five companies used mental health first aid training and other well-known interventions. Westwood Behavioral Health Center will be celebrating throughout the month of May as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Melanie Taylor, HR Director at facilities service provider Churchill Contract Services, said: "It is vital that organisations demonstrate that they are being proactive with mental wellbeing and communicate this to their employees".

"Currently, half of adults in the United Kingdom state say they would feel uncomfortable discussing mental health - a mindset that in many cases can actually lead to greater suffering and isolation for those in need who become even more reluctant to speak to anyone".

Many of us spend most of our waking hours at work, so it's vital that our workplaces have a safe and supportive culture that treats people as individuals. "All of these organizations offer mental health treatment services to the community". Two-thirds of people experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and stress is a key factor in this.

Of the 4,619 people surveyed, 74 percent of adults reported feelings of high stress in the past year, and that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

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

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