Trust backs mental health lessons

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ST Helens’ mental health trust has backed calls by a charity for mental health lessons to be on the timetable in every secondary school in the UK.

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust has backed calls by the charity Mindfull, which would see mental health issues raised in schools.

Too many pupils with symptoms of depression or anxiety are let down or ignored, claim MindFull.

MindFull’s founder Emma-Jane Cross said poor mental health among young people was “one of the last great medical taboos in the UK today”.

The charity’s inaugural report calls for a “sea-change” in approaches to young people’s mental health.

Health minister Norman Lamb said the government was “placing an unprecedented emphasis on mental health”, particularly for children and young people.

The 5 boroughs already provide educational support to schools in the borough if they request it.

A spokeswoman for the 5 Boroughs said: “We wholeheartedly support Mindfull’s call for increased education around mental health and wellbeing which has been a long-standing goal of our award-winning ‘Sticks and Stones’ campaign.

“We’ve received requests from schools across the country for our age-appropriate primary and secondary teaching packs which we developed with the support and input of education professionals, for use by teachers in Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) Education lessons.

“There is indicates a strong appetite for high-quality mental health and wellbeing educational resources such as the ones we have produced - containing a variety of useful information, lesson plans and materials to raise awareness of mental health, learning disability and stigma in schools.

“We invite all teaching professionals to visit our website at www.5boroughspartnership.nhs.uk/schools-and-employers/ where you can download our Key Stage 1 and 2, and Key Stage 3 and 4 teaching packs free of charge and request free merchandise for your school.

“Young people, their families and their teachers can also find details of locally-available mental health services and support at our new website www.camhswhoami.co.uk”