Make Mental Health Support a Priority In ALL Schools

Make Mental Health Support a Priority In ALL Schools

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Sophie Figueira started this petition to Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and

I'm 24 years old and just recently recovering from Social Anxiety and Agoraphobia that was caused by experiences at school. When my anxiety started, boys had just came into an all girls school that for some reason, set off my anxiety to the point that I refused to attend, therefore missing out on 4-5 years of full education, all because everyone thought I was lazy and didn't notice the mental health signs.

The support I received was less than acceptable. Understandably, my family was taken to court, which I somewhat accept but they did nothing to make things better; instead putting me on an Education Supervision Order which is supposed to be a way to "try to improve the
situation", it did not and instead I was told I would have to be on one and go into school everyday, no matter what. This, as expected, did not work. To fine families for such absence regarding mental health is morally wrong.

Sending Education Welfare around to my home also came to nothing as I felt she was rather aggressive in their approach by forcing there way into my bedroom, and even sometimes disregarding privacy by looking and shouting through letterbox of our home. I also had another worker from the local council that also forced me into situations I was not comfortable with.

1 in 8 young person (aged 5 -19) will experience a mental health issue and I feel that with better and prioritised support in schools, that 1 in 8 child can have an easier time in school. The lack of support makes exam time even tougher for pupils when it should be an easier time as they should feel happy trying to move onto careers they want, instead the pressure of exams makes that impossible.

Some extra support that could be implemented is funding for extra staff that may not necessarily be brought on as teachers, but as tutors that can conduct home visits, or teach in a smaller, non intrusive environement, for those having days where they are struggling with there mental health and need some space away from a busy schooling environment.

Exams should not have the pressure they do. A way to change this could be not making GCSEs necessarily need to be graded on mandatory exams. Instead, if exams are unable to be taken due to mental health disorders, a grade should, and can still be made via the work they have managed to complete; perhaps introducing a new recognised qualification that holds similar merits to GCSEs and they still are able to progress onto college with similar support.

Though I do have one GCSE (that I gained at college), I would have much preferred a better chance at getting more whilst at school. I am really passionate about this, as my sister dealt with similar anxiety issues in education, and it's still a huge part of so many children's lives and I would love to use my experiences and past to try and find ways to make this better for children and young people to have the support they need when dealing with mental health issues in school and education. Even now, at 24, I still feel bothered and angered by the treatment I received and the impact in had on my life for the years that followed. I still have bouts of anxiety, though it is better (and I still suffer with depression), but it wasn't down to my school (or colleges), it was me. I don't want other children to reach rock bottom like I did before getting the help they deserve.

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