Local Government Association (LGA) says that school-based counselling should be available to all children.

“School-based counselling needs to be available and fully funded by the Government in all state funded secondary schools and academies to help support rising numbers of children and young people reporting mental health issues during COVID-19, the Local Government Association urges today.

The number of young people in contact with mental health services in England increased by nearly a third (29 per cent) to 305,802 in February 2021, from 237,088 in March 2020, according to latest figures, while it is estimated that 1.5 million children and young people will need support for their mental health as a direct result of the pandemic over the next three to five years.”

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