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Schools struggle to get help for mental health.

Schools struggle to get help for mental health.

A survey of UK head teachers has found that nearly half are struggling to get mental health support for their pupils.

A total of 45% of 655 of school leaders quizzed by children's mental health charity Place2Be said it was a problem.

One mother, who did receive support from her local school after a friend suggested she should ask for help, told the BBC how a violent incident with her son at home was a tipping point.

"The final straw came when he tried to push me down the stairs," says Melanie.

"And he hit me in the back as well."

Melanie's nine-year-old son was finding it hard to control his anger and was lashing out physically and verbally at her and his father and sister.

But while Melanie's family did manage to get help through the school for her son's issues, the Place2Be poll suggests many other families may be being let down.

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