Make Mental Health Education part of the School Curriculum

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According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.

Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels and cultures.

The stigma and discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.

Statistics Canada has reported that suicide remains the second leading cause of death for young people from ages 15 to 34 in Canada.

Improving mental health education by making it mandatory part of the school curriculum could enhance knowledge and change attitudes in students and in teachers, promote positive mental health development and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.