Essex Police supports Mental Health Awareness Week

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The number of referrals from schools seeking mental health treatment for troubled pupils has shot up in Lincolnshire over the past few years.

Worryingly, the majority of these requests come from primary schools, which the NSPCC say do not have the funding or services to support their students.

Overall the number of referrals to CAMHS from schools has steadily increased since 2014/15, reaching 34,757 in 2017/18 - the equivalent of 183 every school day.

Almost a third of referrals from schools to CAMHS, for Trusts across England who were able to provide the information, over the last three years were declined treatment as they did not meet the criteria for support.

A 70-year-old man who is a "long-time sufferer" of depression is urging more people to talk about their mental health ahead of a campaign raising awareness of the issue.

It should be no different for mental health issues, and with effective awareness training, as managers we can do our best to provide support and offer potential options to assist with recovery. "It is vital the government urgently provides more funding to Childline and help children who don't have access to support elsewhere".

Esther Rantzen, the Childline founder and president said: "We must make sure that Childline is adequately funded so it isn't left vulnerable and can be there for the children who have nowhere else to turn".

Melanie Taylor, HR Director at facilities service provider Churchill Contract Services, said: "It is vital that organisations demonstrate that they are being proactive with mental wellbeing and communicate this to their employees".

'This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each other emotionally'. It's estimated that one-in-six working age adults experience depression, anxiety or stress-related illness at any one time, costing the United Kingdom business economy an estimated £70b to £100 billion every year and resulting in around 70 million lost working days.

We believe it is crucial that young people can access support without excessive delays whenever they are fearless enough to seek help.

Apparently, women are generally more stressed than men (89% versus 76%) and there was also a worrying trend of African-Caribbean women in particular facing high levels of stress, which the charity claimed was "linked to reported incidents of racism".

Jonny Benjamin, mental health campaigner behind the Channel 4 documentary Stranger on the Bridge, and who also had Alfie's diagnosis, has advised on Alfie's story which began with the struggling teen experiencing feelings of anxiety and paranoia, leading to him hearing a voice inside his head.

The most likely causes are long-term health conditions, work, money and technology and social media.

Mental Health Awareness Week is, therefore, an important opportunity for everyone at work to think about how they consider mental health in their working environment.

"We are also asking for well-being days to be provided for public sector workers as part of reducing the pressure on those who work hardest to look after us".