Mental Health Credit Course in Schools
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"I think we should have a mandatory mental health class that you get credit for, where you learn about depression, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. And you also learn good coping skills and ways to get help."(from a September 2017 post on our Facebook page)
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ONE CHILD OR YOUTH SUICIDE IS TOO MANY.
- There is no education without good mental health. And yet, for many students from elementary school to post secondary school, the struggle to deal with mental health challenges and disabilities in order to access and manage an education is real. When we respect the brain, brain health and brain and learning differences, a lot is possible.
We need to start mental health infusion in the elementary grades when many challenges with mental ill health become evident. The education system has a crucial role to play in child and youth mental health awareness, suicide intervention and prevention, resource awareness and skill development.
1 in 5: One in five students has a mental health challenge or disability.
5 in 5: Five out of five of us is affected.
- We can all make a difference in child and youth suicide intervention and prevention and mental health awareness and education. We all have responsibility for supporting young people. As Gail Adams said, “any chance of avoiding the tragedy of youth suicides should be embraced by the government and the school system.”
We have a lot of work to do to tackle the very real stigma and taboos surrounding mental illness. A mental health credit course allows the door to open for those who are struggling in silence and shame.
A measure of society is how we take care of each other. We’ve got to take better care of each other.
We are asking Ministers of Education to provide the funding and resources necessary to create a consistent and comprehensive mental health course in secondary schools. We can all make a difference in youth suicide prevention.
We are asking you to stand up for youth and for the education, health and lives of our students.
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