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Young people lack confidence to seek support says BBC School Report survey

16 March 2017

The findings of a BBC School Report survey published today say that a large proportion of 11 to 16 years old experience negative feelings and do not feel confident to ask for help or support at school. The survey was conducted with support and advice from Julia Faulconbridge BPS Child Lead for the Division of Clinical Psychology.

The survey of more than 1,000 students was carried out as part of a BBC School Report’s annual News Day which this year is themed around mental health and wellbeing in schools. 

Julia Faulconbridge, BPS Child Lead for the Division of Clinical Psychology, who supported and advised on the BBC report said: 

“I was very pleased to be able to support BBC School Report in the planning of this important survey. The School Report annual News Day has a proven track record in engaging many young people in reporting on the issues which concern them and reaching many others who watch or listen to the programmes. The concerns about the psychological wellbeing of our young people are increasingly well documented and this survey adds further weight to those concerns. Whilst the need to develop early intervention and prevention strategies in schools is being recognised, the issues this presents for teachers is less well documented. The survey of teachers indicated that there is a lack of training and support for teachers in helping their students who may be having difficulties and this is an area that the BPS is concerned about.
“The wide variety of programmes which will be broadcast across the four nations on the News Day should raise increase the understanding of young people about psychological wellbeing, help to reduce stigma and show that there are positive actions which can be taken when they are in difficulty. The personal stories of young people have particular power in this. We congratulate the BBC in taking this initiative.”

These findings are reflected in a recent BPS report that found psychological wellbeing services for children must be fundamentally rethought and reconfigured if help is to be provided to all those who need it. 

In 'What good could look like in integrated psychological services for children, young people and their families: preliminary guidance and examples of practice' we reported the demand for services far outstrips capacity and current services are overstretched and fragmented. In place of these failing current arrangements, our report calls for action to reduce demand by keeping children and young people healthy and tackling the risk factors that lead to mental health conditions.

Download the report here.



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