A new report claims an average of three children in a class are diagnosed with a mental illness. [Image: Dave Thompson/PA].

A new report claims an average of three children in a class are diagnosed with a mental illness. [Image: Dave Thompson/PA].

Here are the comments for which Natasha Devon was sacked from her post as the Conservative Government’s mental health champion for schools.

Is this a case of unfair dismissal?

The crisis in children’s mental health is far worse than most people suspect and we are in danger of “medicalising childhood” by focussing on symptoms rather than causes, the government’s mental health champion for schools has warned.

Natasha Devon, who has been working in schools for almost a decade delivering mental health and wellbeing classes, said an average of three children in a class were diagnosed with a mental illness, but many more slipped under the radar.

Devon, who founded the Self-Esteem Team, was appointed by the government to look into young people’s mental health and find out what a good school support system looks like. However, she said the government was asking the wrong question.

“The question we should be asking ourselves is what are the emotional and mental health needs of all children and are they being met in our schools?” she said.

Source: Child mental health crisis ‘worse than suspected’ | Society | The Guardian

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