World Mental Health Day: Providing psychological first aid in schools


Did you know that one in six adults has had a common mental health problem in the past week? According to the World Mental Health Organization, if society doesn’t act now, depression will be the leading illness globally by 2030. An alarming statistic—and sadly, one from which youth are not immune.

You can help.

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day—recognized each October 10—is psychological first aid, the idea that anyone can provide support to those in distress. It is a time to educate and raise awareness of mental illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide.

But as educators know, that awareness can’t stop at the end of today. The impact of mental illness is felt daily in schools, and is an important issue that must be constantly monitored, discussed, and observed.

Teachers Media International can provide support. Our extensive video library contains dozens of videos on mental health—from personal accounts as relayed by teachers from around the world, to tips for providing psychological first aid to those in distress, perhaps even your peers.

The first step is to listen. We encourage you to review this video, in which staff at a school openly discuss their mental health problems amid claims that one in three teachers will experience such issues during their career.

What personal stories—or words of wisdom—can you add?

For more information about how you can provide psychological first aid to those in need, please visit the World Health Organization website.

~ The Teachers Media Team

Photo Credit: Header image: BY- / Creative Commons


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