Education Ministry To Unveil Mental Health Curriculum For Schools

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State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge says the Ministry will be rolling out a mental health curriculum for schools.

He says the measure is needed urgently and will be introduced in the upcoming school year.

He admits there aren’t enough trained professionals locally to address the number of students who are trying to cope with mental health issues.

The Junior Minister says far more Jamaican children are suffering from mental health illnesses than the initially reported 46 thousand.

He says Jamaica must act now.

Mr. Terrelonge says some parents fail to get help for their children who’re diagnosed with mental health illnesses for various reasons, including the cost and stigma attached to issue.

In the meantime, the State Minister says more boys are struggling with suicidal ideations than girls.

Alando Terrelonge, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News.



Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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