Dr Tara Porter

Look and listen to protect children’s mental health

Teachers have a key role to play in pupil wellbeing – but many don’t feel confident handling mental health issues. Here psychologist Dr Tara Porter offers advice on giving the right kind of support

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Last year, the government announced that child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) would be one area of increased investment among the austerity cuts: £1.25 billion is to be spent up to 2020. It sounds like a lot, but I can assure you, as someone working in CAMHS, that this money feels like a drop in the ocean.

For the first time, in January this year, the Health and Social Care Information Centre counted children as well as adults in its mental health data collection. This showed that approximately 2 per cent of under-18s were receiving mental health treatment through CAMHS or other ...

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