P-05-879 – Add Mental Health Education to the mandatory teaching curriculum for all schools in Wales
This petition was submitted by Annie Harris having collected a total of 1,947 signatures.
Text of Petition
When working for Mental - The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health, I am continually concerned by the lack of education in schools around mental health. With 1 in 4 of us experiencing mental illness every year according to the charity Mind, this seems to be a real and significant gap in our education system.
Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14, and 75% of this has developed by the age of 18;
A 2015 survey found that 13% of adults (16 & older) living in Wales were reported to have received treatment for a mental health problem, an increase from 12% reported in 2014;
The overall cost of mental health problems in Wales is an estimated £7.2 billion a year.
The statistics are shocking, yet whilst there is a whole subject in the Welsh curriculum about our physical health in the form of PE, our young people are left without knowledge of even the most common mental illnesses.
Not only does this leave them unprepared & vulnerable when it comes to looking out for their own mental health, but also sets the standard that Mental Health is not discussed. This plants a seed of stigma that many carry for their whole lives.
We are keen to hear back from those in power on a more extensive plan to better the lives of Wales's young people.
Mental Health education becoming mandatory teaching for all schools in Wales without the addition of any exams/homework on this subject.
Every child in Wales having the ability to access a qualified counsellor through their school.
Every school in Wales offering Mental Health training for its staff.
Please join our petition to help bring us one step closer to making these requests a reality for Welsh children, thus safeguarding the health of generations to come.
Thank you for reading, Annie Harris
Learn more about this petition & the team behind it at mentalpodcast.co.uk/petition
1. Source: Murphy M and Fonagy P (2012). Mental health problems in children and young people. In: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012. London: Department of Health.
2. and 3. Source: Mental Health Foundation. Mental Health in Wales, Fundamental Facts 2016 (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/FF16%20Wales.pdf)
Please see https://www.change.org/p/get-mental-health-education-on-the-school-curriculum-mentalpetition-join-me-and-over-100-000-others for the national interest in this petition. We handed in the petition to 10 Downing Street on 3rd October 2018.
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 25/02/2020.
The Committee agreed to close the petition in light of the scrutiny which has been given to these issues through the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s Mind over Matter inquiry, the increased priority given to mental health in the new curriculum, and the lack of a recent response from the petitioner. The Committee wished to thank the petitioners for their engagement and wish them well for the future.
Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.
It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 21/05/2019.
Assembly Constituency and Region
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 14/05/2019