“Thousands of teenagers will get training to spot the signs of mental health issues among their friends, the government has announced.
So-called “peer support networks” will be set up in schools across England to encourage more young people to seek help when they need it.
These could be in the form of buddying schemes, group sessions with trained support, or safe online spaces to allow people to share their worries anonymously.
Launching a “call for evidence” on Wednesday, the Department for Education said it wants young people to tell them the best way of setting up these support networks.”
This is a decent idea. If nothing else, some open discussion about mental health among teens might lead to a generation with less stigma.