ScHARR research into teenage attitudes to mental illness

Dr Paul Naylor of ScHARR has shown that teaching school children about common mental health problems can reduce prejudice and negative attitudes towards mental illness.

The research found that teenagers who received just six lessons on mental health showed significantly more sensitivity and empathy towards people with mental health problems. The teenagers also used less negative language to describe mental health problems.

The study, published in the April issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, followed 14 and 15-year-old pupils at two secondary schools in London.

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