Make mental health education compulsory in schools
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Mental health and mental illnesses are a large issue around the world with around 1 in 5 people having suffered from a mental illness in their lifetime, but especially in New Zealand. We have one of the highest rates of teen suicide with the rate of 15.6 youth suicides per 100,000 people. New Zealand also consistently ranked in the top 25 per cent on nearly every measure of depression. This is why mental health and mental illnesses need to be addressed in schools and youths need to be educated on mental illnesses. Health education is only compulsory up until year 10 which is before NCEA starts and the real stress comes out and dealing with leaving school and this is where students should really be having extra support to help them through the harder times.
Most schools have councillors but there isn't general education on mental health and most people don't realise how common it is which needs to be taught so people don't feel alone if they are suffering from a mental illness.
Having mental health education compulsory in schools up until year 13 would be beneficial for students for the rest of their lives.
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