Saffron Walden MP Kemi Badenoch welcomes plans for children to be taught about mental health at school

PUBLISHED: 08:41 11 March 2019

Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden.

Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden.

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Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden, has welcomed Government plans for children to be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing.

Mrs Badenoch says it is a “significant step” in raising awareness about the importance of mental health.

“One of the reasons I became an ambassador for Mind was because I realised how critical support is when dealing with the mental health challenges we are facing,” she said. “This an area I have been raising with the Government, especially as more young people are suffering from mental health problems related to social media.

“The introduction of mandatory mental health education in schools is a step forward in preparing children for adulthood, improving their well-being and keeping them safe and healthy.”

Pupils will learn that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life and why simple self-care is important. Secondary school education will build on this, as well as teaching online safety topics.

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