mental health in education

Recent survey shows a majority of parents want to see their children being taught about mental health.

The survey was released to 1,000 parents after the charity Headucation UK launched its campaign, calling for mental health education to be made mandatory.

Results showed that four out of five believe that protecting their child’s mental health was a top concern, with 79% agreeing that children should be taught more about mental health in schools.

The founder of Headucation UK Adam Shaw, who has faced living with OCD said “I was very secretive about what I was going through growing up, as I didn’t know what was wrong with me, my life would have been completely different, had I been given effective mental health education.”

The campaign is being supported by charity Young Minds. The chief executive Sarah Brennan said “Children and young people today face a huge range of pressures from exam stress top bullying, and all the evidence suggests that the situation is getting worse.”

Meanwhile, a petition calling mental health education to be made compulsory in schools has been signed by over 54,000 people.

The government has agreed to invest £1.4 billion to transform mental health and improve the links between schools and NHS mental health staff.

A spokesperson for the Department Of Education said: “We are determined to ensure that all children and young people get the help and support that they need.”

What are your thoughts on mental health education to be made mandatory?

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