Mental Health Education to be a Compulsory National Curriculum Subject in All UK Schools.
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I'm Teigan! I'm 20 Years old and I've suffered from Depression, Social Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Since I was 13 Years Old.
I feel like I've had 7 years of my young life wasted and I want to make sure that doesn't happen to any more young people!!
So Here's What I Want To Happen:
- Mental Health Education (MHE) to be a Compulsory Subject in The National Curriculum.
- With students having to attend at least one Compulsory MHE Lesson each Week In all Primary and Secondary Schools.
- Mental Health Education (MHE) to be equal to Physical Education (PE).
Let Me Explain Further:
- Physical Education (PE) is a Compulsory National Curriculum Subject and students have 2 one hour compulsory lessons each week in every primary and secondary school in the UK. However Mental Health Education (at least in my secondary school) was only given a couple of lessons each year under the subject of PSHCE. We all have a physical health but we all have a mental health too. Yes you may never have depression but you may never become a professional hockey player either. So why is it only PE that has been deemed important enough to be a Compulsory National Curriculum Subject. And why are students given 2 compulsory one hour lessons each week for their entire school career however that isn't the same for Mental Health Education.
- This is not fair and it is not right, not one is more important than the other. There needs to be equality with Physical Education and Mental Health Education. You wouldn't make English Compulsory and give students 5 lessons each week but make maths optional and only teacher it once every month. That wouldn't make sense and I believe that it should be the same for both Health Subjects.
- I also think students shouldn't be allowed to opt out of Mental Health Education when they start their GCSE's. You can drop certain subjects if you don't want to do them as a GCSE like Geography or Textiles. However even if you don't take it as a GCSE you still have to participate in some sort of PE lessons. For example I didn't take PE as a GCSE but I still had to go to my local leisure centre every Friday afternoon and take part in an class. Whether it be swimming or aerobics, even without the regular PE lessons twice a week it was still compulsory to do some form of exercise each week. I believe the same should be applied to MHE lessons.
Which is why We need these lessons to not only educate students and teachers on what it's really like to suffer from various mental illnesses away from the stereotypes. But also so that the stigma goes away and we can end up talking as openly about our mental health as we do our physical health.
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