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• The UK government and National Health Service are sponsoring initiatives to better address and understand the mental health crisis among the UK’s young adult population.
• How has technology become a significant component of poor mental health in young people?
• Read about how England is building a mental health curriculum for colleges to implement.
For the British teachers grappling with a mental health crisis in the classroom, running a suicide watch or rushing psychotic pupils to hospital can increasingly fall into a day’s work.
Staff in three London schools recalled a roll call of pupils almost lost: the girl who gulped down pills, another set on jumping off a balcony, and the countless teens who needed help to stem their self-inflicted bleeding.
Mental disorders are set to become one of the 21st century’s defining global health challenges, with patient numbers soaring at a potential global cost of $16 trillion by 2030, according to the Lancet medical journal.
The government has vowed to do better given some children wait two years for help as demand rises while services shrink.
But with new initiatives — some in school, others digital — professionals said they are now treating more children, reaching more minorities and, crucially, catching them all earlier.
From September, schools in 25 trailblazer areas will have National Health Service (NHS) teams on site to help students with minor mental health issues and refer those in urgent need.
The government also funds Kooth, an online service that provides information and counselling to 70,000 children a year, while phone apps like BlueIce and TalkLife support young people in the privacy of home.
Read the full article about mental health crisis in the UK by Katy Migiro at Global Citizen.
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