(UK) Belfast: Mom calls for mental health to be included in school curriculum

Nov 26, 2017, Belfast Live: Belfast mum calls for mental health classes to be introduced in Northern Ireland's schools

A Belfast mother has called for mental health classes to be introduced in schools to combat the rising number of young people suffering in Northern Ireland. Mary Maxwell, 38, a volunteer with St John's Ambulance, West Belfast Division, took to social media to voice her concern that more could be done at an educational level to give children the tools needed to maintain good psychological health. … In 2012, the five-year average suicide rate for 15 to 19-year-olds was four times higher than in England and Wales. Six months ago, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma, launched an Independent Review of services and support for children and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland, following concerns that provision is inadequate and access is unequal.