Mental health trials launch in United Kingdom schools

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Up to 370 British schools will take part in one of the largest trials in the world to find the best ways of supporting the mental health and well-being of school kids, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced Monday.

Children will benefit from mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions, alongside pupil sessions with mental health experts. The plans include dedicated mental health workforce for schools and teaching pupils what good mental health looks like.

Separately, nine areas will try out new mental health assessments for children entering care, who are likely to have endured abuse or neglect, to help them to receive any support they need.

Recent studies have sited social media and exam pressures as contributing factors to the significant increase in mental health disorders amongst children.

The NHS Leeds MindMate website - at www.mindmate.org.uk - provides mental health and emotional wellbeing advice and information for young people in Leeds as well as for parents and carers.

Michigan's lack of school-based mental health providers and school nurses is one of the worst in the nation, according to a report by the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan (SCHA-MI).

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"It's really encouraging to see the Government taking action to tackle the children's mental health crisis by trialling different approaches in schools".

Another piece of research from the Prince's Trust, a leading United Kingdom charity for young people, shows that 57% of surveyed 16- to 25-year-olds say they feel social media results in an "overwhelming pressure" to succeed, and 46% say they feel "inadequate" when comparing themselves to peers on social media.

Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Lavender Primary School in London, Britain, February 5, 2019.

He has co-written a book called Social Media and Mental Health in Schools.

The second school she visited was Alperton Community School where she elaborated with teachers on similar topics, participated in the students Random Act of Kindness Club, and witnessed a confidence-building art class.

Families, doctors and other mental health professionals know how important it is these children have access to a dedicated children's health facility, but the Saskatchewan Party government did not fulfill their wish.

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