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The Private School Epidemic?

08/07/2014 14:21 BST | Updated 06/09/2014 10:59 BST

Independent schools across the United Kingdom are seeing a deadly rise of mental health problem in their pupils.

Private schools full of academic excellence or distressed teens with added pressure to succeed from parents and teachers which is causing major mental health problems among them.

Many would argue that private schoolings added pressures get pupils where they want to be in life and into successful and normally well paid jobs.

A big issue arising in these pricey schools is that of mental health problems and many would say is it worth the money?

The added pressure is putting young people in danger of depression and later down the line suicide.

One story from the Mail Online showed how unsympathetic private schools where towards mental illness

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A girl names Lottie Twiselton who was sixteen years old and attended Northampton High School was told not to come back to school to finish her exams as the school worried it would be "too disruptive" according to her mother.

This girl plummeted to six stone when she eventually was brought into hospital to treat her Anorexia Nervosa and was force fed.

After all of this the fee paying school allegedly turned their back on her and told her to not come back.

The truth is many top mental health charities have warned this silent epidemic is about to explode in our country's private schools.

This seems a very prominent issue with in the private school community and maybe it's time for the snobbery and discriminative attitude towards mental illness in our top schools to stop.

Even at schools such as Eton College in Windsor where it has been suggested drug use is high could be also sitting on a mental health time bomb and although Eton provides pastoral care like many schools, some would argue it simply isn't dealing with the problem.

Where do we go from here? The question lies at the choices parents make about where is the best environment for their children.

The question is will independent and boarding schools start solving the problem or just go on without any notice what so ever, many would bet it's the latter but hopefully lifes come before academic success.