These figures are disturbing and echo the concerns of the charity MindFull, which has argued that the teaching of mental health awareness is vital, as they claim that "too many pupils with symptoms of depression or anxiety are let down or ignored" and that "poor mental health among young people was 'one of the last great medical taboos in the UK today'".
We agree. If young people understand that mental illnesses, such as depression, body anxiety or exam-related stress, are relatively common and nothing to be afraid or ashamed of, then they are more likely to recognise signs and symptoms in themselves or others and ask for support.
We regularly visit local schools, such as The Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls and St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive School, to deliver short interactive lessons within the PHSE curriculum. These can be tailored to suit an individual school's circumstances. You can check out our course outline in this leaflet.
Using a mixture of discussion, basic role-play techniques and clips from popular programmes such as EastEnders, the course covers preconceived ideas, the use of labels to 'pigeon-hole' people into particular stereotypes, good and bad listening/communication and how we can support family and friends with mental health issues.
Recognising potential, encouraging independence, achieving self worth
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