Increasing numbers of girls with mental illness risk being missed by school, experts warn

In a recent article about mental illness risk in teenage girls is increasing and being missed by schools, STEER were featured by Children & Young People Now.

Schools may only be identifying “a fraction” of young people, particularly girls, in need of mental health support due to inadequate detection methods and a lack of training for staff, researchers have warned.

Tools widely used in secondary schools such as online surveys and chat hubs, to identify vulnerable students “fail to spot those who may be showing early signs of self-harm, bullying, anxiety and unhealthy self-control,” according to Simon Antwis, Steer Education’s senior education consultant and a former head teacher and school inspector.

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