Promoting well-being in school

Mental health is beyond how we feel think and act. It is a state of well-being where people can meet their learning potential, cope with normal stresses, and are connected to community and their friends. For most people, mental health issues emerge when they are young- half of all mental disorders emerge by the time people are 14 years old and three-quarters by 25 years old -the same period when most people are in education (Adolescent mental health, World Health Organization, 2021). Reports show that nearly 60% of school students take stress when studying and over 60% of girls and 40% of boys reported to feeling anxious about their exams at school, even when they are well prepared.

Pupils’ accomplishments in and outside school depend upon their holistic well-being which has many aspects. Improving students’ mental health in schools requires a whole-school approach, involving students, teachers, parents, school leadership, and curriculum.

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