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.

World Mental Health Day started in 1992 but in 24 years, has much really changed? To me it seems that over all this time very few new ways of tackling the rising number of children with mental health issues have been implemented, which means the problem has spiralled during that time. As Albert Einstein once said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A child’s mental health problems will not come to an end like its awareness day - quite the opposite. Could technology provide a viable solution?

We must begin teaching young people how to use IT in a positive manner which will not only aid their learning process, but also teach them how to use devices safely and even manage their own wellbeing.