#MyMindMyStory : Why should Mental Health be on the curriculum for PSHE lessons?

Personally, I don’t believe this should even be a question; mental health should already be on the curriculum. Mental health is a health problem and other health problems are learnt about in PSHE, so why not mental health?  Mental health is very common and can affect anyone; in fact the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that 1 in 4 people from around the world will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. That’s 1 IN 4! There are billions of people in the world….does that not tell you how important mental health is?

There is a lot of stigma and discrimination around mental health; children and young people are often bullied if they admit to having a mental health problem. They can get called ‘crazy’ and ‘weirdo’, but is this because other people don’t understand? But maybe they would understand if they learnt about it in school. Learning about it in school would therefore prevent discrimination and stigma and make more people aware of what mental health is. A lot of children and young people won’t seek support and get the correct diagnosis because they don’t often talk about it, this could be because they feel ashamed or that no one would listen or understand. However, if mental health was spoken about more in schools and advice was given about where to access support; maybe this would encourage children and young people to seek help and support.

Learning about mental health in PSHE lessons should be compulsory, just like all other health problems. It needs to be spoke about more; it should never be pushed aside like it doesn’t matter because mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. Mental health problems need to be treated just like a broken arm would be treated, just because it isn’t visible doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Just think about that for a second.

Sophie Shasby (Young Advisor)

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