The government needs to introduce classes in secondary schools about mental health.

The government needs to introduce classes in secondary schools about mental health.

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Mental health is becoming an epidemic in our society with higher rates of people being diagnosed with anxiety, OCD and depression. With social media, increased pressure in the work place and schools it’s inevitable. The government do not realise that children need to be educated at a young age to ensure they have a better understanding of mental health. The youth also need to understand that mental heath issues are completely normal and we must be more open to this subject.

If the government begins to implement mandatory classes for mental health in primary & secondary schools this would be the most effective way to educate our students. However, If this is not attainable then after school clubs or workshops teaching students about mental health will also be beneficial.

I am a student who has suffered from anxiety for 3 years now and it has been an emotionally draining and stressful period of time. I was not able to identity the fact that I had anxiety only recently when my symptoms started to detoriate. Lack of sleep, outrages of anger, intrusive thoughts, constant overthinking, negative self talk and difficulty concentrating are all part of anxiety. It has had an affect on my life, my relationships, my education and day to day life. I have tried several coping mechanisms such as reading self help books, seeking advice from a councillor, talking to people about it and even attending church which have all been beneficial. Though I generally feel hostile and let down by our education systems inability to educate students on mental health. Providing councillors does help but I think they fail to realise students and even adults will feel scared or ashamed to make that choice to see one. This is why it is so essential to educate people at a young age to prepare them for later on in life. I hope a change can be made.
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