Primary Schools: Mental Health Awareness.

I’ve devoted many columns on the topic of mental health. It’s an issue that affects people of all ages, all walks of life, across all demographics. The last decade has seen a growing awareness of the need for support for sufferers with mental health issues. The focus tends to be adults, but the mental health of the elderly and particularly adolescents has been widely presented in the media.

The mental health of children has been presented in the media, but often in the context of obesity. Now children’s mental health is recognised as a significant issue in its own right and by “children” I’m referring to primary school age. In recognition of this situation, primary schools hold meetings and seminars for parents that promotes mental health awareness of their children. I feel this is a very constructive step. Had many people I help as adults received support when they were young, they may have avoided years of mental health issues.