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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Not sure I'm keen on that idea. :/
    Could be quite fun.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    Could be quite fun.
    Well....if it worked
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Well....if it worked
    You could have all kinds crazy side effects, you could lose the sensation of pain and become a super hero.
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    You could have all kinds crazy side effects, you could lose the sensation of pain and become a super hero.
    Or, more likely given psychiatry's previous endeavors in this field, people would end up drooling and spaced out in hospital for life (though, tbf, a lot of people on high doses of antipsychotics do that currently ).


    I think psychiatry has a long way to go before I'd trust them to do brain surgery on me.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Or, more likely given psychiatry's previous endeavors in this field, people would end up drooling and spaced out in hospital for life (though, tbf, a lot of people on high doses of antipsychotics do that currently ).


    I think psychiatry has a long way to go before I'd trust them to do brain surgery on me.
    I like to be optimistic.
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    I think that mental health education should be taught at school because it allows children from a young age to deal with stress, anxiety, depression or other forms of mental health.
    Also, if teachers are able to help people who are suffering these problems, it will help students to become more confident in making decisions as children might be stressed out about exams, or depressed about family issues, it allows them to make a wiser step forward without feeling worried.
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    I have never had any problem with my mental health and therefore it would be a complete waste of time for me and many others. If you really want it then it should only be an optional thing after school or during free periods etc. Personally I wouldn't turn up to any of that nonsense.
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    (Original post by RugbyFierce)
    I have never had any problem with my mental health and therefore it would be a complete waste of time for me and many others. If you really want it then it should only be an optional thing after school or during free periods etc. Personally I wouldn't turn up to any of that nonsense.
    The point is that people need to learn to recognise that they or someone they know might be suffering from a mental illness and what to do if they are before it gets too serious. So you would be exactly the sort of person that the lessons would be for. I do agree with the other comments though- they'd need to be done well by someone that knows what they're talking about or the stigma could actually be made worse.

    (Original post by Trapz99)
    People who have mental health issues already receive help from a SEN specialist a the school they go to, I think.
    That's people that have been diagnosed though- as above, the point is for early intervention so people can get to that stage. And I don't know about anyone else but the SEN person at my school was completely useless and told everyone (diagnosed or otherwise) they were making it all up! And that's if they know who to speak to about it or that there even was one, which most didn't.


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    (Original post by furryface12)
    The point is that people need to learn to recognise that they or someone they know might be suffering from a mental illness and what to do if they are before it gets too serious. So you would be exactly the sort of person that the lessons would be for. I do agree with the other comments though- they'd need to be done well and by someone that knows what they're talking about.



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    (Original post by RugbyFierce)
    Apart from I don't really care.
    That's up to you then- it's your health.


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    Yeah, it would be a good idea providing it was done well. I think the problem would be, as others have said, if it's stuck in with sex ed and stuff in PSHE then students will see it as a joke, which could actually increase stigma if people feel their difficulties are being laughed at.
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    Absolutely. In a situation where we have so many young people struggling (even when someone may not be struggling with a mental illness, many are still dealing with stress), I definitely think mental health education would be good. :yep:

    Expanding on that, I think we should have more education on mental health itself - mental illnesses, how they affect someone, etc because a lot of stigma comes from a lack of education on the matter. As well as this, staff should also recieve more training on it - the understanding of what I was going through by the staff at my school was, with the exception of a receptionist, appalling and although I haven't been in school for quite a few years now, from what I've heard, that's still a problem a lot of people face.
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    I think kids have enough to do that learn about mental health. if anything they should be taught about TAXES etc
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    (Original post by urbanlocations)
    I think kids have enough to do that learn about mental health. if anything they should be taught about TAXES etc
    To be fair, both of these are things that should be taught in school and should probably be included in that free lesson they call PSHE.

    Learning about things such as taxes definitely needs to be done.
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    (Original post by acupofgreentea)
    To be fair, both of these are things that should be taught in school and should probably be included in that free lesson they call PSHE.

    Learning about things such as taxes definitely needs to be done.
    Most people are likely to end up on PAYE, though. :beard:
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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    Most people are likely to end up on PAYE, though. :beard:
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    (Original post by RugbyFierce)
    Apart from I don't really care.
    It's not just about you, it's also for benefit of those you know and love who may develop mental illness.

    However there are bound to people who just don't care. If they don't want to learn an important life skill, well then that's their loss.


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    I wish it had been, I think it would've made a massive difference to everything for me! It would've helped me feel less alone and feel supported which in turn probably would have meant my self-esteem was better and now I'd feel more like a happy, functioning adult.


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    they're is a hell of a lot that needs to be taught and stuff that needs to be cut back
    for example my view on the education system
    primary school stare age should remain at five but follow similar to the French pattern in that they get two years of learning about plant's and nature in general so the true first year starts aged 7 then education will probably be rather similar during primary school to how it is now but then in secondary school teach the practical stuff so practical life skills and maths like paying taxes and measurements, budgeting skills, mental heath and first aid up until year 9 then select option but rather than by subject by career path so that they can learn what is useful to their career until year 11 and then give them practical practice in the workplace similar to the apprenticeship system and then they can choose to go to university or collage if they need to or straight in to the workplace
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    (Original post by jamesthehustler)
    they're is a hell of a lot that needs to be taught and stuff that needs to be cut back
    for example my view on the education system
    primary school stare age should remain at five but follow similar to the French pattern in that they get two years of learning about plant's and nature in general so the true first year starts aged 7 then education will probably be rather similar during primary school to how it is now but then in secondary school teach the practical stuff so practical life skills and maths like paying taxes and measurements, budgeting skills, mental heath and first aid up until year 9 then select option but rather than by subject by career path so that they can learn what is useful to their career until year 11 and then give them practical practice in the workplace similar to the apprenticeship system and then they can choose to go to university or collage if they need to or straight in to the workplace
    The thing is though.... How many people actually have an idea what they want to do career wise at the beginning of Year 10? I certainly didn't, and I still don't in Year 13. Even if people do, they often change their mind throughout school years and even beyond...

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