Article. Published on April 18, 2018.
At the School/College level
Educational institutes at all levels play a fundamental role in socialisation. In this environment, children learn to distinguish between the acceptable and unacceptable norms of behaviour in society. Students are most susceptible to peer pressure and bullying in this same space. Having programs in school that condemn the use of discriminatory terms and bullying, and which outline exactly why these words and phrases should be avoided, can help reduce the anxiety and depression caused by bullying. It will also help in the development of empathy in these children, and further decrease the amount of stigma attached with mental illness. Additionally, if students are constantly told that it is okay and acceptable for them to seek support from peers, mentors and mental health professionals, schools and colleges can aid in creating a more inclusive culture.