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Do you think mental health should be talked about in schools?

In school we have a personal/social education class. We did a small block on eating disorders focusing on anorexia. We did nothing at all on mental health and I think it would seriously help people to understand! My friends have absolutely no clue about what I'm going through on a daily basis, especially in school and I find it hard to explain because I'm not a teacher. It would help to combat some of the stigma attached in the young generation at least.
Category: Social Anxiety 8 years ago
kerry1994
Asked 8 years ago

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Yes I do!
Missy
Answered 8 years ago
Missy

I say absolutely yes. I've not been at school for 30 years so i don't know if in Oz there is any discussion about in schools today. I'd like to think there is some sort of education access there, especially for those kids living with a parent who has mental illness.
Bob
Answered 8 years ago
Bob

I had a step son who completed suicide at age 32. Maybe if he had been better educated in the areas of mental health and did not feel the stigma attached to it, he would have been seeking help instead. There are so many who suffer so silently. I think knowledge is the key to healthy thinking. That we have to learn to recognize the thoughts and inaction that leads us into that "blue funk" as I call it.
Lana
Answered 8 years ago
Lana

Sorry to hear about your loss Lana. I agree. They would know where to get help if they need it, I had no idea where I was going to get sent to or what would happen there. Also Bob - I have seen my mum battle depression/anxiety and she got over it, but there was only a year before I got it. I guess its a good thing for me since I can see how you can get over it. However some help when she was going through it would have helped me. Again I didn't really know how to help or anything.. its hard to have a family member suffering when you're trying to find your own feet in the world as a 13 year old.
kerry1994
Answered 8 years ago
kerry1994

I'm in college right now and both here and at my high school when it came to mental health, all we've discussed is depression. I really wish schools would discuss anxiety and some other more serious mental health issues to help debunk some stereotypes about the mentally ill and to let them know what life is like for those people. I have social anxiety and had three very outgoing roommates last year all of whom took my quietness to mean I was unfriendly or was mad at them and they began to bully me because of it. I really think people who don't have anxiety or other mental health issues need to learn what an average day is like for someone who does have to deal with these issues so they can be more understanding of them and so no one will have to go through the kind of bullying I went through.
arclaude
Answered 8 years ago
arclaude

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