Mental Health Education to be a Compulsory National Curriculum Subject in All UK Schools.

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I'm Teigan! I'm 21 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 for both Physical Education and Mental Health Education. For Example: Schools would never give students 5 mandatory English lessons each week but make attending maths class optional. It just wouldn't make sense and it wouldn't be fair. That's why I believe the same equality should be applied to both health subjects. 


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.