The TES is reporting that education and health committees are examining the role of teachers and schools in preventing mental-health problems.
The role played by teachers in identifying and supporting pupils with mental illnesses is to be examined as part of a new government inquiry.
The House of Commons education select committee will be joining with the Commons health committee, to launch a new inquiry into the role of education in preventing mental-health problems among children and teenagers.
The inquiry will focus specifically on what schools and colleges can do to prevent mental-health problems from developing, and to intervene when they do. The MPs will look at how teachers can be trained to spot signs of mental illness, and to offer support where necessary.
Neil Carmichael, the chair of the education committee said: “The undoubted increase in the number of children and young people suffering from mental-health issues is extremely alarming.
“Schools and colleges have a key part to play in tackling this problem, and the committee will examine what their role should be.”
Do you agree with Neil Carmichael? Is there not a level of responsibility with the parents, immediate family and guardians too? Should they not also be taught and encouraged to spot signs of mental-health issues? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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