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- Seeming depressed or withdrawn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.