Your mental health defines your life …So what happens when it goes wrong?
Mental Health 101: Grey AreaHere’s the problem:When someone breaks a bone or has some other physical injury, it’s much easier to notice and treat.
However…When an individual has a mental health issue, it’s a lot more difficultto observe, and even more so to treat How do we address this?
SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM1 in 4 people develop mental health problems.The third leading cause of death in the 15-25 year old group is suicide.The fourth leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds is suicide.90% of these teens had a diagnosable mental illness, depression beingthe most common. Statistics provided by UNICEF
SCOPE OF THE PROBLEMOnly 14% of young people who committed suicide where in touch with mental health services (longitudinal study between 1997-2003 by Wiley-Blackwell).In 2009, there was a total of 5675 registered suicides in the UK.
MENTAL HEALTH CLASSESWithin an educational context There are currently no mental health classes included in the national school curriculum. Implementing such classes is vital in secondary school.Aims Developing a more understanding community, in and out of schools, by removing the stigma of mental illness. Give teens the tools to understand what they feel; give potential skills in identifying when a classmate or a friend isn’t doing well
MENTAL HEALTH CLASSESFormat Adopt similar structure to Health Classes – interactive based. Presentations facilitate the communication of available resources to those that need them Regular classes- not just a one off!
MENTAL HEALTH CLASSESContentAvailable resources: websites, leaflets, phonelinesSuggested “Plan of Action”Study of the most common mental illnesses in teens Depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Eating disorders
THE INNOVATIVE IDEAFighting Ignorance through EducationPromote understanding and awareness of Mental HealthFacilitate communication of available resourcesDevelop an environment and community where thestigma of mental illness is removed Help sufferers of mental illness, from the young to the old, understand that they’re not alone, and give them the freedom to improve their condition.