In the UK, the number of young people presenting with mental health issues is consistently high and there is always more we can do to help tackle the problem and raise its profile. That’s exactly what a petition to Parliament did recently. Entitled “Make mental health education compulsory in primary and secondary schools”, the petition gathered 103,554 signatures – exceeding the 100,000 required to qualify for the subject to be debated in Parliament, despite it being closed early because of the General Election on 8th June 2017.

Politicians thoroughly debated the topic on 6 November 2017 for 2 hours and 45 minutes. In it, they discussed a whole range of issues: the importance of a whole school approach; the current state of PSHE provision in schools; the implications of setting up new services or improving existing ones; the problems with resourcing… the list goes on and on. You can read the full transcript of the debate here.

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