A report is calling for happiness classes to become part of school life, to help improve young people’s deteriorating mental health.
The report from the Centre Forum Mental Health Commission calls for investment in the mental health of children and young people to be prioritised from conception onwards.
The report claims that approximately 10% of children currently have a mental health disorder and this has led to more young people turning to alcohol, cannabis and self-harm. Over the last five years the life satisfaction of British youngsters has stopped improving and may be declining, The Independent reports, due factors including pressure to have money, the prefect body and lifestyle, or to achieve in school.
The study suggests that teachers should find out how their pupils are feeling, make plans to deal with problems and increase their happiness. It also wants better training for teachers in how to increase their pupils’ happiness.
As part of a ‘whole school approach’, it encourages partnerships between schools and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Agencies (CAMHS) to share responsibility, though this may be difficult because of cuts to CAMHS budgets.
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