Rise in mental health issues at school unit

The number of young people presenting mental health problems at a
school clinic has risen sharply in the past two years.

Andrew Havercroft, a GP in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, said
that since 2000 the level of under-16s attending the Time 4U clinic
- based at the local school – because of a mental health or family,
relationship or school problem, had more than doubled and has now
reached the same level as that for sexual health
consultations.

He said that in 2001-2, 200 girls and 150 boys, mainly aged between
13 and 15, had a consultation with a GP, nurse or youth worker at
the clinic, which runs for an hour once a week.

The clinic was set up in 1995 to provide health advice to young
people who attend Hanley Castle High School from outlying villages.

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