Breaking the taboo of mental health

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge guest edited the Huffington Post UK news website this week, calling for the ‘taboo’ of mental health to be broken. She said there was no shame in a young person struggling with their emotions and called for schools and communities to rally around and support children.

So what is mental health? It involves our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, affecting how we think, feel and act. One of the ways in which ASDAN aims to improve young people’s wellbeing is through PSHE programmes, which help to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and as members of society.

We have just updated our popular PSHE Short Course, which is aimed at young people of all abilities, mainly aged 13-19. It contains a module on wellbeing where learners can choose to undertake challenges such as conducting research into depression or investigating the impact of social media on mental wellbeing. In another challenge, learners can invite a health professional to give a talk on mental health and answer questions on the subject before producing a self-help guide for their peers.

In addition, ASDAN promotes mental wellbeing through the Personal and Social Development qualifications. These offer imaginative ways of supporting young people to become confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy.

Mental health remains a complex issue but breaking the taboo by encouraging learners to explore the subject through engaging challenges is one way for schools and other education providers to rally around young people.

*You can download a free PSHE Short Course worksheet on wellbeing here.

Author: Barry McCarthy, ASDAN Communications Manager

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