• 1.1 million children in the UK have a mental health problem – ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey’, Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2004

  • 10% - nearly 850, 000 children, one child in every 10 or 3 children per class aged between 5-16 years have a diagnosable mental disorder - ONS Figures

  • One in 12 deliberately harm themselves (and 25,000 of them are hospitalised each year because of this) – ‘Truth Hurts’, Mental Health Foundation (2006)

  • Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression – ONS Figures

  • 80% of children showing behavioural problems at the age of five go on to develop more serious forms of anti-social behaviour - 'Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Great Britain’, Office for National Statistics, 2000.

  • 1 pupil in every 1,000 is permanently excluded from school every year in UK and on any given day, at least 70,000 children play truant - New Philanthropy Capital’s ‘School's Out’ Report, September 2005

  • Almost a third of all children had been bullied twice in the past month and five per cent reported they were bullied "most days" – OfSTED ‘TellUs3’ Ipsos Mori poll, 2008

Thousands of children and young people are isolated, unhappy, have eating disorders and self-harm, some even commit suicide. Some of them attend your school. Many are likely to become victims of crime, grow up in dysfunctional families, or be left to cope with illness, drugs and/or alcohol issues – not necessarily their own.

Early Intervention is Vital

You have the opportunity to invest in early intervention and preventative therapeutic support for the children and young people in your school. This will not only reduce misery and loneliness, and save millions in future costs to the criminal justice system, NHS and social care costs, but it will also improve your school attendance and performance figures, reduce general classroom disruption and improve staff morale.

The change in the children and young people accessing therapeutic support and counselling services in school, monitored using the SDQ (Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire) data collected throughout the therapy, indicates that children and young people are better able to cope with issues that are challenging their emotional well-being and mental health after accessing the services.

Would you like to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of your pupils?
Want to increase your attendance figures and pupils’ attainment?

Simply contact YCT to discuss your school’s needs on 01279 414090 or by email at admin@yctsupport.com.




With good emotional well-being and mental health, the children and young people in your school will do better in every way.

They are happier in their families, are able to learn better, achieve more at school, and enjoy friendships and new experiences.

Childhood and teenage years are when mental health is developed and patterns are set for the future. So a child with good mental health is much more likely to succeed at school, have good mental health as an adult, and to be able to take on adult responsibilities and fulfil their potential.