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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day art display at Gannon University

13 May 2018

Numbers provided by the Ministry of Education show 2.3 per cent of all students in BC schools have mental-illness/behaviour designations, a 14 per cent increase since the 2013-14 school year.

"Mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being", Hughes said, "but often people suffer in silence because the world responds negatively to those with a mental health issue".

By 2022-23 the scheme is expected to have been rolled out to just a fifth to a quarter of the country.

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You could argue that's true when it comes to both mental and physical health.

Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said: "At its heart, Heads Together is about bringing people together to change the conversation on mental health". Remember, the stigma of mental health will not change if we don't change our perception.

"Trusts are doing all they can to provide the best possible care with the resources available", said the NHS Providers lead.

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He said: "Despite Theresa May describing it as a "burning injustice" that required a new approach from government, we now find ourselves sleep-walking into a deepening mental health crisis".

The course will look at mental health challenges for adolescents and how parents, family members and staff can help young people who are experiencing mental health or addiction problems or are in crisis. This builds on what good schools are already doing, without adding to teachers' workloads.

Staar explained that the need for community outreach comes after major budget cuts for Jackson County, "The county cut its mental health department budget severely and they've outsourced the ongoing counseling treatment services".

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day art display at Gannon University