Schools will be asked to monitor children’s happiness and mental health in a bid to tackle growing levels of anxiety among young people, the Prime Minister will announce today. The Telegraph reports.
The new measures are part of a wider mental health strategy which will see thousands of therapists sent into classrooms, and annual publication of a ‘happiness index’ tracking the state of the nation’s youth.
Theresa May will also appoint the UK’s first minister for suicide prevention and £1.8m funding for the Samaritans, as she pledges to “end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence”.
Under the plans, the Government will publish a “State of the Nation” report every year highlighting trends in young people’s mental well-being. This will be the first time it has been given the same focus as physical health and academic attainment.
And all primary and secondary schools will be asked to regularly measure their pupils’ mental well-being, as part of lessons in relationships, sex and health education.
Today Mrs May will announce the launch of a new campaign to train a million people in mental health awareness, starting with a pilot in the West Midlands.
“We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence. We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives. And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves,” she is expected to say.
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