Children in England are turning to the internet for advice on mental health instead of talking to their school nurse or GP, it is claimed.
Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield says children do not have the confidence to go to the doctor with mental health issues.
A small survey of youngsters suggests 62% have done a general internet search on issues such as depression.
The government said it was promoting greater use of counsellors in schools.
Ms Longfield said: “Every child knows if they are unwell with a stomach ache or hurt their leg, they go to the doctor or school nurse.
“Unfortunately they don’t have that confidence when it comes to mental health. It is a rather desperate state of affairs when they would prefer to roam around the internet or ask a friend the same age for help first.
“GPs really need to think seriously about this and ask if they are doing enough.
“Should they have a GP in every practice who is a specialist in children’s mental health, for example?
“Should they be advertising the fact that they are in a position to help within their surgeries?”
She added that while there were some good websites, it was really a “matter of luck” whether children found them.
You can read the full story at Children Seeking Mental Health Advice on the Internet.