It’s so nice to hear a charity talking about primary prevention and not just crisis intervention!
Did you know that in this country, our current system waits until you have reached crisis point before it steps in to support you? We know that exercise prevents obesity and that eating healthily prevents heart disease. So where is the system that prevents poor mental health? We believe the current system is broken and that the best way to fix it is to take action before poor mental health develops. We call this Primary Prevention. The current Mental Health Act only mandates Crisis Intervention and Treatment. We have nothing that mandates Primary Prevention!
What is society doing to prevent you from developing poor mental health in the first place? The nations response seems to be to call you ‘snowflakes’ and tell you to be more resilient, as though it is an attitude that you choose to switch on or off…it isn’t!! Resilience is dependent upon protective factors and structures that support young people to navigate the challenges they face. Research shows that at a societal level there are none.
That is why It’s Our Day are calling for an Act that Mandates Primary Prevention starting in schools, it is the single most important thing we can do to ensure that children and young people are prepared for the challenges and pressures of modern life. Campaigning for an Act of such significance is not going to be easy but it can be achieved if everyone comes together and demands it. If you agree please click on the link below and send a letter to your MP calling for an Act that mandates Primary Prevention it is quick and easy to do…