We are committed to children’s mental health

75% of diagnosable mental health conditions are present before the age of eighteen, making children’s mental health a vital component in improving our society’s mental health in the future.

In 2017 we raised 103,000 signatures during our Headucation campaign for a parliamentary debate which led to compulsory mental health education in schools from the September 2020 school year. Unfortunately, the task is not yet complete.

Following on from our 2017 success, we now focus our energy on improving children’s mental health by ensuring their teachers are equipped to understand mental health and support their pupils more effectively to deal with it. At present, teachers receive no mental health training, yet – aside from parents – these are the adults that children spend most of their time with during the day.

Did you know…

  • 1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem?
  • Over two-thirds of young people believe the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety are some of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents?
  • Self-harm is more common among young people than any other age group?
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds?

Mental health is as important to a child’s safety and wellbeing as their physical health. It can impact on all aspects of their life, including their educational attainment, relationships and physical wellbeing. It can be hard for adults to recognise when a child needs support with their mental health and it can be difficult for young people to speak out about the challenges that they are facing.

It is crucial that anyone who works with children can recognise the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health and, more importantly, that they know how to take appropriate action.

With Headucation we are mobilizing corporate sponsors and individuals to help us bring about a transformation in the mental health of the next generation: working with local educational authorities and partner organisations we are bringing a whole-school approach to mental health, helping schools to develop a culture shift towards sustainable better mental health and wellbeing – free of charge to the schools.

We are calling for support to enable us to accomplish our mission: financial support so that we can provided fully-funded training to schools across the UK; support in making the cause known and helping us create public awareness; and administrative support by getting involved with the training, co-ordination and follow-up with schools in your community.

Donations to Headucation can be made by visiting shawmind.org/donate

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