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Mental Health in Schools

posted Mar 15, 2018, 5:51 AM by S Dowsing   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 1:59 AM by Unknown user ]

Should people be more aware of mental health?

It is vastly becoming a bigger problem in the UK and recently 17 year old Sherry Denness, made 9 attempts on her own life in the space of 10 days. She was diagnosed with ADHD (
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and BPD (borderline personality disorder) along with various other conditions. Sherry was first assessed at the age of 11 and the self harming started at the age of 13. She had frequently been struggling in school, being kicked out of many classes, and this soon lead to her being taken out of school at the age of 14. Sherry’s father has also made a video in order to make people more aware of mental health and to show care for those with conditions as such. Furthermore, the NHS said that they couldn’t help with her mental health, which encouraged her to attempt suicide.

In Britain 1 in 6 children have some sort of mental illness, a lot of this is due to the streets of their everyday school life such as homework and projects. However, adults have it a lot worse with about 2 million of Great Britain's population suffering from depression and 2.5 million suffering from anxiety. Which is outrageous. A Lot of teenagers feel the same way as Sherry but sometimes it ends with a successful suicide attempt. On the other hand, the NHS is really struggling and really can't deal with everyone but that doesn't mean that they have to cut corners because every patient is another worry and they can’t benefit from cutting corners either.

The biggest problem in mental health at the moment, is that many of the affected will be bullied, or singled out by peers and even teachers. Because of this, many people who believe that they have a mental illness won’t admit it or speak to a doctor. In addition most people with a mental health issue suffer in silence. The main goal of fixing mental health in the UK, is raising awareness and helping people be more supportive of peers and loved ones. To do this, people need to know how to deal with it.

If you know somebody who lives with a mental disorder, it can be up to you to give them support and lend them a helping hand. If you have any questions on how to do this, visit or

Reported by Tom, Kallum and Toby.

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