Mental Health Matters

mental health matters

It’s a typical Monday morning and Year 9 are flooding into the gym.

Standing around chatting with friends, they take their seats as Mr. Andrews charges through the room demanding for them to sit down.

An image of Winnie the Pooh characters are shown on screen; I knew what it was about. I had read a number of theories online, about how characters in the well-known and well-loved Winnie the Pooh stories were believed to have been written to portray various mental health issues.

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I think mental health is important. Very important at that. According to the Mental Health Foundation, every year in the UK, 70 million workdays are lost due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress related conditions.

Mr. Andrews mentions all of the characters having some type of mental health issue. And in the lesson after, most of the class were making fun of the assembly: “it ruined my childhood!”

I think mental health is important. Very important at that.

Even though this is 8 days overdue (at time of writing) as World Mental Health Day was on the 10th October (I’m writing this on the 18th), I think Mental Health should be talked about more and not just on the day.

Theresa May has recently appointed a Suicide Prevention Minister who will help try and tackle the ongoing Suicide rates.

It’s good to know that the UK Government is trying to figure out a way to approach mental health.

I think schools should talk about Mental Health more, and not by identifying how it links to cartoon characters.


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