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‘Mental health first aid’ treats stigma and pupils

Wallace High is leading the way in showing how schools can boost pupils’ mental wellbeing

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The first rule of mental health used to be: “You don’t talk about mental health.” For so long, poor mental health was a taboo – referred to in disparaging and stigmatising terms, or in hushed and shameful tones.

While that is changing, it’s still a topic many people feel uncomfortable discussing. At a Stirling secondary school, however, mental health is never far from the minds of staff and pupils, as any visitor will soon discover.

When the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) launched the findings of a survey of more than 3,000 school staff, Wallace High made the perfect venue. On ...

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