St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, in conjunction with The National Parents Council-Primary, has carried out an online survey to determine parental attitudes towards the teaching of mental health to primary school students. 99% of parents felt that pupils should start learning about mental health at primary school and 50.5% believed that teachers should be the ones tow introduce the topic of mental health to students. In addition, almost 90% felt the parents could benefit from training in wellbeing or mental health care.
St. Patrick’s ran the survey in conjunction with an education campaign called Walk In My Shoes Radio, which is a pop-up radio station for World Mental Health Awareness Week running from October 10th-14th. Worlds Mental Health Day is October 10th.