Welsh Minister for EducationPlease note: this petition is now closed.

At Mental Health Monster we wholeheartedly believe that mental health education is the key that could unlock a generation of healthy minds. This is one of our core beliefs, hence our decision to support this campaign set up by one of our directors, Nathan.

Whilst his petition has been successful in many ways, including formal endorsements from some influential figures such as Ben Lake MP, Alana Spencer and Laurie Knox, he has yet to reach his goal. Despite an open letter to Gavin Williamson (PDF), a formal meeting with The Welsh Minister for Education and the trial of our innovative beer mat campaign in January.

‘I would like to see compulsory sessions added to the school curriculum that talk about mental health and provide the tool kits necessary to ensure a healthy mind. Every person that has finished school in the last 15 years has been taught how to use a computer, how to maintain sexual health, how to be active and physically healthy, first aid is also taught briefly. These are very important things but mental health education is minimal at best. People should not have to wait until a crisis to learn about mental health. 

Young people need to learn things like the potential causes and dangers of mental illness, where they can go for help, coping methods, how to talk about mental health/mental illness, crisis intervention, what things they can do for others and, most importantly, how they can keep their own minds healthy among many other crucial factors.

I believe that all of this will eventually lead to a culture in which speaking about mental health, whether good or bad, is normalised.

I see mental illness as a monster that people keep running away from. I think it is time to turn around and stop running. We need to fight this monster. For how long are we going to place the metaphorical water bucket under the leaking roof?

According to the Office for National Statistics (2019), there were 6,507 suicides in the UK in 2018, an 11.8% increase on the previous year. Despite awareness being at an all-time high thanks to our tireless work. Suicide still remains the largest cause of morality in young people (Papyrus, 2019). More so, it has been reported that 75% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18 (Young Minds, 2019) and 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition (YoungMinds, 2019). Surely it’s time to educate these people?!

Everyone deserves the toolkit necessary to keep their mind healthy.’