Schools can play a significant role in reducing mental ill health in children and young people but this is a sticking plaster which masks the underlying causes of poor mental health.
The rise of social media has led to an increase in the number of digitally manipulated images and researchers across the globe are giving increased attention to the effect of digital editing on young people’s self-esteem.
Mental ill health in young people appears to be increasing. There is a link between social deprivation and mental ill health. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse, neglect and insecure attachments with primary caregivers also contribute to poor mental health.
Professor Jonathan Glazzard
On the 10th of January 2019 the BBC ran a story entitled Hungry children “eating from bins” in Morecambe, and within it Collingwood, a Head Teacher, reports one in ten of the pupils at her school come from families using foodbanks (BBC para. 3).