- Education Professionals
A secondary school of 1,000 pupils has on average 100 students suffering mental health problems. This video looks at strategies including peer support, counselling and a whole-school focus on pupils' emotional wellbeing.
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The numbers above include 50 seriously depressed pupils, 10 with eating disorders and 20 with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
But in 2005 Ofsted reported that most secondary schools in the UK are failing these pupils. This video explores how schools can support them better as part of the Every Child Matters agenda.
See students talk candidly about their mental-health problems, while school staff and educational psychologist Helen Cowie (professor of mental health at the University of Surrey) express their views on how best to approach this significant but often hidden issue.
Part of the series: School Matters