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BBC School Report


Students from this school are making the news for real today, 16 March 2017, as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news throughout the day on News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.

Here is our first report:

  In life, everyone goes through times where they feel that they need a little extra help with their mental health, be it with friend problems, family problems or medical. Most of the time children look to their schools for assistance. However, some schools have been reported as lacking in their support departments.

  One child, who has wished not to be named, has said: “I think that the support is there, but not for people who need it. They try to help people with  more complex difficulties when really they don’t have the ability to properly assist them while people with smaller problems get overlooked and are given the chance to have these small problems manifest into a bigger issue. Support needs to be available to everyone so small issues can be dealt with effectively and bigger issues can get extra support from those who are able to make a difference.”

  Another child has commented also, saying: “In my experience, the support I’ve been given has sometimes helped me, but sometimes they tend to repeat things that haven’t helped in the past. I’m grateful for their help but I feel that they are out of their depth and they brush off my problems if they are `easy` to fix. I’m still glad that we have the support offered, because having some support is better than none.”

  In conclusion, up to one in four people suffer from some form of mental health condition. It is important that schools are able to cope with these numbers and provide proper support for those who need it.

-Emma Kindred, BBC School Report.


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