Henry Hepburn

Children ‘missing out’ on mental health counselling

Few areas offer school-based support as mental health services face funding gaps

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Pupils suffering mental health problems in some parts of Scotland can use school-based counselling services while others have to wait several months for help, an investigation by Tes Scotland reveals.

The lack of school-based support in many areas has been partially blamed for many thousands of vulnerable children being left in limbo while they wait for help. Tes Scotland obtained information on school-based counselling from 22 councils, revealing a wide range of approaches.

Some schools employ counsellors or are in areas where councils pay for them. In some areas, every school has its own ...

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