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Charity joins forces with HealthUnlocked to make mental health education compulsory

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Mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation (SMF) and HealthUnlocked, a social network for health, join forces to promote HeaducationUK, a campaign calling on the government to make mental health education compulsory in UK schools. 

Over 75,000 people have signed a petition in support of compulsory mental health education –SMF and HealthUnlocked have combined forces to ensure the petition receives 100,000 signatures by Wednesday 3 May.

The campaign originally had until 6 July to secure 100,000 signatures to ensure it could be considered for debate in Parliament. However, the deadline has since been changed because of the Snap General Election.

SMF and HealthUnlocked are calling on members of the public and encouraging members of its social network, to urgently sign and share the petition considering the revised deadline. The petition has been signed and shared by various mental health campaigners, including Stephen Fry and Alistair Campbell.

HeaducationUK founder, Adam Shaw, said: “We are urging everyone to sign and share our petition to help ensure the children of the future can be taught about mental health. We believe that by educating all young people about mental health in schools, we can increase awareness and encourage open and honest discussion. And we’re not alone.”

CEO and Co-Founder of HealthUnlocked, Jorge Armanet, said: “We believe that raising awareness around mental illness and ensuring everyone has access to support is absolutely fundamental. We are delighted to formally back HeaducationUK, educating all young people about mental health within schools. By sharing more experiences and knowing how to support one another we can break isolation and improve lives for millions of people.”

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