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New mental health pledge for schools
EB News: 17/06/2019 - 09:09
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged better access to education, training and support across communities as part of an overhaul of society’s approach to mental illness.
As part of the plans, every new teacher will be trained in how to spot the signs of mental health issues. This means schools, social workers, local authorities and healthcare services will receive extra support to make sure people know how to promote good mental health in the same way that they look after physical well-being.
Further plans to drive a step-change in public awareness around looking after your mental health include a new national awareness campaign called Every Mind Matters, launching in October.
May said: “Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness, which is why tackling this burning injustice has always been a personal priority for me. But we should never accept a rise in mental health problems as inevitable.
“It’s time to rethink how we tackle this issue, which is why I believe the next great revolution in mental health should be in prevention. The measures we’ve launched today will make sure at every stage of life, for people of all backgrounds, preventing mental illness gets the urgent attention it deserves.”