Britain to start large-scale study in mental health of school kids

Pupils are getting classes in breathing techniques and mindfulness to help their mental health

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Up to 370 schools are to join one of the largest child mental health trials in the world to gather evidence about what helps to keep youngsters well.

Both primary and secondary pupils will be taught exercises drawn from mindfulness practice, breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques, which will help "regulate their emotions".

The move comes as part of the Government's efforts to improve the mental welbeing among pupils, following its pledge to introduce mental health first aid into every school in England.

"Today's students face social and emotional challenges that are becoming more and more complex all the time", said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

The compulsory health education curriculum now includes mental health, following fears of an epidemic of mental health issues in young people.

The trials will test five different approaches, including raising awareness of mental health issues with information sessions and exercises based on typical mindfulness techniques.

Student mental health and substance use are key focuses of ERASE (Expect Respect and a Safe Education), the Province's safe school strategy that is being expanded to also focus on gang prevention, social media and online safety, and support students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Later in the year the school hopes to extend the training to parents and the local community with proceeds going towards a mental health charity.

She then went inside where she met with children, who had each brought in an object that makes them happy.

"We teach them to look at something objectively and think about the bigger picture".

Children and young people who usually get less than the recommended 9 hours sleep on a school night are more likely to feel that worries get in the way of school work (32% vs 22%).

The mental health assessment pilots, also run by the Anna Freud Centre, will look at providing improved mental health assessments for children entering the care system.

Today's visit was created to allow the duchess to find out more about the support offered to students, teachers and parents to help with mental wellbeing.

Families, doctors and other mental health professionals know how important it is these children have access to a dedicated children's health facility, but the Saskatchewan Party government did not fulfill their wish.

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