As the new academic year starts, parents are being encouraged to prepare their children for the stresses and strains of school life which can affect a child's mental health.
According to two reports published at the end of the summer break, school children are increasingly likely to experience mental health difficulties.
A recent study by the Department for Education found that mental health problems have become more common in children, particularly teenage girls, over the last ten years.
The latest Good Childhood Report, from The Children's Society, reveals that fifty per cent of school children experience bullying on a monthly basis.
The mental health charity, Sane, says they have seen hospital admissions due to self-harm among under-16s increase more than fifty per cent in the last ten years.
Education consultant at The Good Schools Guide, Elizabeth Coatman, talks about five key areas affecting children and offers advice for parents on how to deal with problems. Read more