Circle the date in your diaries!

On Monday 6 November, the government will hold a parliamentary debate on making mental health education compulsory in schools, following overwhelming support.

The announcement comes after a petition by HeaducationUK, which is spearheaded by the mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation, achieved more than 100,000 signatures.

It's the first time in British history that a mental health charity has reached so many signatures on the government's website.

At 100,000 signatures, petitions are automatically considered for debate in Parliament.

A YouGov poll found that 80% of British parents believe protecting their children's mental health is a top concern, and 79% of British parents believe that children should be taught more about mental health in schools.

It's the first time in British history that a mental health charity has reached 100,000 signatures on the government's website

Adam Shaw, founder of the Shaw Mind Foundation, said: "I am delighted that the government has responded to the British people's call for a parliamentary debate after the overwhelming public support. Parents, schoolchildren and clinical experts are all calling for better mental health education in schools.

"Teachers and schools deserve the support and investment necessary to tackle mental health properly. This can only be achieved if mental health education is compulsory and the government commits to funding it properly."

Happiful fully supports the petition.

It's over to the government now to do the sensible thing.


Mental health education: How can it change society?

1. Help prevent the development of mental ill health in children and teenagers

2. Decrease the vast numbers of children and young people suffering from mental illness

3. Educate our children and future generations for a happier and healthier adulthood

4. Create huge advantages for the UK economy and industry for decades to come

5. Normalise mental health issues as an accepted human condition so that children will feel confident enough to open up to each other and those who care for them

6. Enable a more proactive society in addressing mental health issues, giving children the ability and confidence to speak out during their childhood and indeed into adulthood, as they go into the workplace and have their own families

You can still get involved!

If you believe mental health education is just as important as physical health eduction, let your voice be heard