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This has been proposed in the UK. I am wondering what readers think. Should we educate kids about Mental Health? Should we call it that, or something else?
Remember, there are different definitions out there of health. Wellness is defined differently. I’m not talking about common conversation nor the literary meaning, but in terms of public health or health education, we have to think on what precisely we mean and think carefully on terminology, not only legally, but also implied meaning.
I do think MH ed is a good idea. However, at the grade school level it should consist of the following:
If you have trouble now, you should talk about it with someone you trust, since later in life you might be bothered much more about it.
If you have difficulties you feel you cannot solve, speak to your parents, your teacher or an adult you trust. Your friends are a good resource and are sometimes, the best listeners, but children do not have as much power as adults to step in when necessary.
If your friend has trouble, do not pull away. Instead, be a very good friend, draw closer and be a good listener. If you feel it’s too much to handle, go together to an adult who might help you sort things out.
If you see fire or smell smoke get away from the fire and call the fire department. If you can’t cross the street because of too much traffic, find an adult or crossing guard to help you. If you get mad, don’t hit. Peaceable negotiation is the best way.
Much of this is often covered in other classes. Kids should be learning “Say no to drugs, don’t do risky sex, etc,” which I believe is already being taught.
In first grade that really should be the extent of it, in my opinion. I don’t think “diagnosis” should EVER be taught. Except as a memory of an ancient, barbaric way of thinking.
What is your opinion?