Kids as young as five struggling with anxiety, teachers warn

Western Australia will see 120 new full-time teachers hired to help with growing concerns of mental health issues among students as young as five.

Education Minister Sue Ellery claims the Department of Education is already seeing "the increasing appearance of anxiety and mental health issues in school".

Educators have said they are seeing issues like anxiety manifesting at a concerning young age.

Bramfield Park Primary School already has a mental health program in place. Source: 7 News
Bramfield Park Primary School already has a mental health program in place. Source: 7 News

"We're seeing it in pre-primary children - kids turning five, six," Bramfield Park Primary School Principal Jayne Murray said.

Premier Mark McGowan blames social media and has announced the government will hire 120 new full-time teachers to free up senior educators for other roles, such as coordinating mental health programs.

The plan also includes hiring 300 extra education assistants and 50 Aboriginal education officers in regional Western Australia.

Premier Mark McGowan blames social media for growing concerns over anxiety in children. Source: 7 News
Premier Mark McGowan blames social media for growing concerns over anxiety in children. Source: 7 News

Bramfield Primary School in Maddington already has a mental health program. The biggest issues that arise from the children are problems with friends and families.

Concerned parents are urged to talk to their child's teacher.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

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