Nicky Morgan: ‘Why the PM is right to talk about mental health in schools’
We should be pleased the government is continuing my work in the sphere of mental health and schools, writes the former education secretary.
Like any job being education secretary involves daily or weekly activities you can’t escape dealing with – internal meetings, budget negotiations and Cabinet meetings. But the real joy and privilege comes in being able to get the dedicated officials in the Department for Education to focus on an issue we all know is important but which never quite gets the attention it deserves.
For me, children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and character education were such issues. I’ve had a particular interest in mental health since I was first elected in 2010. In 2012 I led the first ever general debate on mental health in the House of Commons chamber which led to a number of my colleagues disclosing their own mental health challenges. We even saw the words “mental health” trending on Twitter that afternoon.