Let's get mental health and wellbeing on the national curriculum
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75% of mental health issues start before the age of 18.
And it’s no surprise. Under 18s are probably the most vulnerable group as they face so many transitions whilst growing up. From starting primary school to moving to secondary school, changes in friendship groups, gaining siblings, losing grandparents, exposure to playground-bullying, exposure to cyberbullying, exam pressures, going through puberty, deciding on a career path; all these factors make adolescence a very stressful time.
So why is physical health and sexual health education compulsory in schools but mental health education is not?
We teach youngsters the symptoms of chlamydia. So why don’t we teach them the symptoms of anxiety?
The brain is the most complex organ of the body and it so important that young adults have the opportunity to learn how their own brains are functioning and developing. If they were taught to talk about their thoughts and feelings it would undoubtedly help them tackle their issues head on and it would undoubtedly help us, as a society, to remove the stigma which has been attached to mental health for far too long.
So let’s get mental health on the curriculum.
Let’s face the stigma #HeadOn.
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