What kids need to be taught about mental health in schools

Tech 1-11-2018 Mashable 40

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There were two words that weren't mentioned at all during the entire 18 years I attended schools in the UK. Mental health. Come to think of it, mental illness wasn't mentioned either. Thankfully for the next generation of young people, that will change. 

The government recently announced the introduction of mental health lessons in schools along with "mental health support teams" who will work with young people in schools to help them measure their own mental wellbeing. A recently published green paper outlined the government's plans to make mental health education a compulsory component of the curriculum in state-funded schools and colleges. By 2025, every school and college in England will have a "designated lead" trained to spot mental health issues in students. Suicide prevention charity Samaritans expressed support for the move, stating that "learning to deal with your emotions is as important as learning to read and write."  Read more...

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