Include mental health in school syllabus, Jharkhand doctors appeal to government

Two mental health experts in Jharkhand have petitioned the state chief minister Raghubar Das to include mental health in the school syllabus.

1 person commits suicide every 40 seconds in the world

They said that including common mental disorders, stress management and the poor effects of addiction in the science textbooks of higher classes would createawareness among school students.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 age group, globally

Many schools are now appointing counsellors to address the mental well-being of children. The experts are asking that teachers should be trained on mental health to enable them to detect early signs of mental illness in children and take steps.

The petition also asks that children be educated on the effective use of Internet and technology to help them use it responsibly.

If their plea is taken up, Jharkhand will be the first to introduce topics like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, sleep disorders, and stress management.

A similar appeal has been made by these experts to the Madhya Pradesh government.