Mental Health Education: A Compulsory Subject for Teachers


Majority of the primary school teachers in England are in sync to opine that primary schools play an important role in recognizing signs of mental-health issues among students. Although only a rare few teachers feel able enough to either to catch these signs or to deal and discuss about it constructively.

As good as three-quarter of the teachers believe that mental health ought to be an obligatory subject of education to the students of the primary schools, which should not be slighted off.

According to a poll conducted by NAHT headteachers’ union, 92% of 400 teachers believed that primary schools can prove to be of prime importance in recognizing the early signs of mental health issues among students.

A meagre 10% of the teachers affirm that they received a workable training in dealing with situations when they confront a student having mental health issues.

Moreover, 41% of the teachers said that they either had not taken a class on mental health problems as a part of curriculum in the preceding year or it had been such a long time since they taught on this subject that it slipped into oblivion.

It becomes imperative that teachers be able to tell apart normal students from students with mental health issues. More importantly, teachers should be trained to identify the early signs of mental health issues among students.