(Ireland) Dundalk: Educators want mental health education taught in primary school

Jan 16, 2018, (Ireland) Dundalk Democrat: Mental health education should be taught in primary schools, says Louth Cllr MENTAL health education aimed at secondary school pupils could benefit 5th and 6th class pupils, according to Louth County Councillor and Dundalk teacher Maria Doyle. The CBS Primary School teacher made the suggestion after a presentation given by two Comhairle na nÓg representatives at a Louth County Council meeting held in Dundalk on Monday, January 15. Aoife Byrne and Jordan (Chucky) McKenna distributed a booklet to councillors at the meeting called 'Breathe' which aims to raise awareness about mental health amongst teenagers. … The youth organisation is also planning to host a series of workshops in secondary schools in the year ahead. “I asked if they had considered distributing the booklet to primary schools because it might be of interest to 5th and 6th Class pupils. “I think mental heatlth education should be taught in schools. It's something that would be very beneficial to pupils.” Cllr John McGahon added that mental health issues can arise in teenagers due to social media. He also warned teenagers using the social media platform SnapChat to be aware of the potential dangers caused by the SnapChat map.