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You’re taught math and grammar in high school, and you toss a ball around in PE, but you aren’t taught how to cope with mental illness, a Grade 10 student in Richmond says.
D.J. Gill is lobbying the province to include mandatory mental-illness education in the curriculum because she says expecting students to seek the knowledge they need is unrealistic.
It’s only compounded by the pandemic and the toll that isolating is taking on teens.
“I believe rather than encouraging students to talk to a counsellor, the mental-health conversation must be brought to us,” said Gill, who has created an Instagram account to go into more depth on the matter. “We must be taught how to cope with our mental illness, and how to identify symptoms of poor mental health, just like we are taught math and science.
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