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Make Mental Health First Aid a Compulsory Part of Teacher Training

Submitted by Ben West on Monday 8th January 2024

Published on Friday 26th January 2024

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 26th July 2024

Current Signatures: 2,997
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Petition Action

Make Mental Health First Aid a Compulsory Part of Teacher Training

Petition Details

In 2018, Sam, my 15 year old younger brother took his own life. It was an unexpected and unbearable loss.
We know that the suicide rate for people aged 15-19 is the highest in 30 years and 75% of mental illnesses arise by 18. All teachers, as a basic requirement, deserve training on mental health.

Additional Information

We believe the current approach to mental health training for teachers is economically inefficient and treats mental health education as additional knowledge when it should be a basic standard that all teachers have a right to.

This change would give teachers the ability to adapt lessons for students, intervene in concerning situations and better understand their own mental health.

We believe the best way to create a profession educated in mental health is by writing it into QTS standards.


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