Mental Health and Behaviour at School

One in seven children aged between 5 and 16 have a mental health need, it’s not uncommon

A teacher isn’t a mental health professional and can’t diagnose a problem, but they can spot signs of changes in their student’s behaviour which could mean they need extra help.

This could include the following behaviour:

  • Being disruptive
  • Being anxious or worried
  • Being quieter than usual
  • Seeming depressed or withdrawn

It could be caused by a sudden change in their personal situation or a short term issue that they need to work out, like worrying about an exam or problems with a bully.

What happens when a student needs help

The teacher may speak with the student first to find out what the problem is and where it is (at home, in school or at a club or activity) so that they can sort it out.

 If the problem is serious they’ll probably suggest the student sees the school counselling service who will try to find a solution and may contact the student’s family.

If a student’s mental health is at obvious risk then the student or their family should get medical advice from the family doctor as soon as possible.

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