Teach mental health in primary schools, advisory group says

Young people on NHS-affiliated panel say placing subject on national curriculum is key to helping prevent problems in later life

Young girl with depression
       About one in 10 children and young people in the UK have a mental health disorder.

The Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Group, which was set up by the NHS’s clinical research network, said that if problems were to be prevented or dealt with effectively later, it was essential to address the issue early. Susannah Page, a member of the group, said: “The first step [in dealing with mental health] is by tackling the stigma, and the way to do that is, while people are still young and learning, to talk to them about what mental health is and how you can get good mental health. It should definitely be part of the national curriculum, in common with sex education.  http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/25/teach-mental-health-in-primary-schools-says-advisory-group

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