Halloween can conjure up many images. For some it is a fun time characterised by copious amounts of sugar-filled sweets and silly costumes. However, clearly Halloween has a darker side. For parents and teachers though the scariest thing that won’t be seen this Halloween is the truly shocking state of children’s mental wellbeing. But let’s scrutinise Halloween for a moment, ghosts and clowns are usually creepy but Halloween makes them acceptable. Mental health and fears should be treated in the same way.

As many as 1 in 6 young people in the UK will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Surely, we should be making every effort to educate children about the issues surrounding mental health while they are young, in order to avoid a lack of understanding in later life. Is the fact that this isn’t happening due to the stigma around mental health issues as a whole?