Demand for counselling services in schools continues to soar as mental health issues become more complex. New research from OfficeMax and Barnardos highlights the growing need for counselling in school-aged children, and the importance of free services in plugging the access gap. 60% of school staff surveyed say they’ve seen an increase in students requesting counselling services in 2023, and 38% said the on-site services they have do not adequately meet the needs of students Barnardos General Manager, Jo Harrison, told Kerre Woodham that there’s a range of different pressures and stresses affecting children and young people. She said that the impact covid has had on families, employment, and their sense of security has contributed, as has the recent extreme weather events. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.