Henry Hepburn

Teachers flag up dire lack of mental health training

Only 1 per cent of staff claim to have done detailed work on the issue as students

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At least two-thirds of teachers have not received adequate training in pupil mental health support and feel unable to do their job properly as a result, a major survey has found.

Research from the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) also shows that only one in 100 recall doing detailed work on mental health when they were student teachers.

The survey has fuelled calls for a national training programme for schools and specialist counselling services in every secondary.

SAMH surveyed 3,366 school staff and found that 66 per cent of teachers felt they lacked training in mental health ...

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