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Mental health and emotional wellbeing should not be seen as a subject that needs to be taught in a lesson. Promoting positive emotional wellbeing and discussing mental health issues should be part of everyday conversations. For young people experiencing mental health problems, telling their friends, family and teachers can be incredibly hard. Talking openly is the most simple and effective way to break down any possible stigma associated with mental health.

Time to Change is a national charity tackling stigma surrounding mental health. Their website includes session plans, blogs and videos, and a huge range of free materials to get young people talking.

The Guardian in associations with Time to Change offers 5 ways to tackle mental health taboo in the classroom, from discussing mental health openly to challenging derogatory language 

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