INTRODUCE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

INTRODUCE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

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This is a petition to the National assembly, ministry of education and the kenya Institute of curriculum development to introduce Mental health as a subject in the curriculum.

Mental health is as important as physical health. Due to little, or no information and facts about mental health, a lot of people are suffering daily from mental health disorders without their knowledge. Raising awareness and conducting Education on signs and symptoms of mental health disorders is critical to ensure early diagnosis is made, and intervention measures are taken promptly. This will be key in ensuring a mental healthier society and also help in reducing cases such as suicide arising from mental health disorders.

Introducing mental health topic in our school curriculum will go a long way in ensuring that at a very young age one is able to identify and familiarize with everything about mental health;how to deal with mental disorders, when, and where to seek help. This will also be important since the education offered will ensure that the students not only take care of their mental health, but that of others around them. A culture of opening up and mental well-being will be promoted. The Kenya Institute of curriculum development will engage stakeholders in the mental health field to develop content and study materials for every stage where learning will take place.

"Development of any nation is wholly dependent on the wellness of its people...
Depression has today become a common phenomenon and it affects persons from all walks of life and ages. I urge employers and institutions of learning to invest more time and resources in monitoring and facilitating the mental well-being of their charges. I, therefore, direct the Ministry of Health in consultation with County Governments, Ministries of Education, Labour & Social Protection and Public Service, Youth & Gender Affairs, to formulate an appropriate policy response.To anyone who is struggling with depression or feelings of hopelessness, I beseech you to reach out, talk, you are not alone." H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Sincerely,
Lucia Njeri.

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