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Mandatory Mental Health Training for all educational and early years staff

Submitted by Jo Alcock on Thursday 14th July 2022

Published on Wednesday 20th July 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Friday 3rd February 2023

Signatures: 138

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Mandatory Mental Health Training for all educational and early years staff

Petition Details

We ask the Government to make mental health training mandatory for all educational and early years staff from nursery schools through to universities. All staff in the education services should be trained to identify mental health issues, and also signpost students to relevant support networks.

Additional Information

A study by Harvard University in 2012 reported that the environment of learning of which a child develops needs to have a level of robust psychological and mental health awareness:
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Mandatory training should help aid early detection of poor mental health in children/adolescents and parents and carers. It can provide further opportunities for early intervention and support. Enabling confidence in people working directly with young people to be able to sign post to support services.


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