THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN OUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

May 14, 2018

Today, at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week it was announced that Britain's primary schools are facing a mental health crisis. Figures show that the number of children needing NHS counselling has risen by a third.

The report, by the NSPCC, states that children as young as three were referred to professionals by their teachers. It also states that the number of under-11s needing psychological help rose to almost 19,000 in the past year, from less than 14,000 just three years earlier.

Overall, the number of referrals to mental health services by all schools rose by almost 10,000 (from 25,140 in 2014/15) to 34,757 in 2017/18.

What I find incredibly shocking is that more than HALF of these were for primary school children, with experts warning that this suggested that there was not enough help for the youngest children available in school.

To illustrate this point the report found that, over the last three years, nearly a third of referrals from schools to the 45...

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WHY I'M A POSTIVE COW...

May 08, 2018

I always think that one of the most important traits for our children to have, one of the most effective ways of having a lasting feeling of well-being, is for them to be positive in their thoughts and all they do. To be the glass half full person and not the glass half empty. It's our responsibility to show them how and be the best role model we can be.

I had a busy morning ahead of me today, with an important appointment …

Good News:    I took the dogs out this morning. It was beautiful, the sun was warm, there was no-one around. It was a typical May day – everything in bloom and vibrant green. I had a busy day ahead, it was a great way to re-charge my batteries and get ready for the week.

Bad News:      Just before we arrived back to the car our black dog found THE ONLY PUDDLE in the field and proceeded to ignore my appeals for her to “Come here” as she rolled in it. I had an appointment for 11am, with a 40-minute drive. The more...

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YESTERDAY I HAD TO PHONE 999 !!

May 03, 2018

Yesterday afternoon I was about to leave for a meeting in London. On my way to the car, I noticed smoke coming from the flats over the road, heavy smoke. There was no-one around, so I walked across – it was coming from the covered car parking, mostly wood and slate. Cars were still in the covered spaces. I wasn’t sure at first whether someone was burning garden waste or … then very quickly realised that this was no bonfire. I ran back to the house to get my phone, by the time I was calling IN the incident to 999 the fire was out of control. The wood, slates, cars, were on fire.

What took me aback was the noise – it was a roar, a huge, terrifying roar of flame. I’ve never experienced that before. The smoke was by now intense, dark and all-enveloping, quite toxic, the smell was stomach churning and caused me to hold my breath. The flames were tall, really tall – half the height of the four-floor block of apartments. This had all accelerated in a...

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