**NEWS ALERT** Mental health checks for all pupils, says Theresa May.
On 9th October 2018 the Prime Minister announced new mental health initiatives. She has said that pupils will be given routine mental health checks and teachers will be trained to carry out the ‘wellbeing’ assessments at primary and secondary schools, to spot potential issues among children as young as four.
These assessments are a new element of the £1.9 billion plan to transform mental health in schools outlined in the green paper earlier this year.
Given that this issues is affecting children and young people at an alarming rate (1 in 4 girls under 14 have self-harmed within the space of a year), it’s clear that our vulnerable students are not being supported enough. That is why schools MUST step in and ensure they are equipped to support pupils effectively and compassionately.