Why World Mental Health Day is so important


World Mental Health Day is marked around the globe every year on 10th October, representing an opportunity for teachers and staff to discuss several key topics regarding mental health in the classroom.


From support for pupils in the classroom and beyond to recognising the signs of mental health problems, the day represents an opportunity to put a serious topic at the forefront of teaching.


There is a growing understanding of mental health issues across the world, but that doesn’t stop the need to continually work to raise awareness. In the classroom, this requires plenty of debate and discussion around health topics, so that pupils feel they can confidently talk about issues they might be facing.


The day was originally created in 1992 and encourages people working with mental health issues to talk about their work and what can be done to enhance mental health care for all.


What is meant by mental health?

There is a need to recognise what mental health problems can be, and to understand why they’re important – especially as there are than you might think.


Mental health problems can range from everyday worries to serious long-term conditions, and most can be overcome with support and guidance, especially if people receive help early on.


Supporting young people in the classroom to have open discussions around mental health is therefore vital, as pupils and teachers alike should know where they can get support.


Mental health issues affect roughly one in four people and can range from problems such as depression and anxiety to rarer issues such as schizophrenia.


To show awareness for Mental Health Day, all teachers and pupils are also encouraged to wear a green ribbon – designed to spark conversation around mental health so that people know they are not alone.


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