i News reports that nearly eight in 10 parents believe their children should be taught lessons in mental health, a survey has revealed.
According to the poll, 79 per cent of parents felt pupils should receive lessons in mental health, while 45 per cent believed their child’s school was failing to look after their mental well-being.
Just over two-thirds of parents – 67 per cent – said they were concerned about rising levels of mental health problems among children.
The YouGov survey of nearly 1,000 parents comes as more than 50,000 people have signed a petition demanding that classes in mental health be made compulsory in all schools in the UK.
The study was commissioned by mental health charity the Shaw Mind Foundation, which has launched a campaign, called HeaducationUK, which is lobbying for the issue to be made compulsory in all schools.
Young Minds, which has warned that three children in every class is suffering from a diagnosable disorder.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive said: “Children and young people today face a huge range of pressures, from exam stress to cyberbullying, and all the evidence suggests that the situation is getting worse.”
“Children should learn about mental health from a young age, to build their resilience, and wellbeing should also be a fundamental priority in every aspect of the education system.”
The issue of youth mental health is something that the Government appears to be taking seriously. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that every secondary school teacher in England would be given mental health first aid training to help spot signs among their pupils.
At present is enough being done to look after children’s mental well-being? Please send your comment or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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