I wish schools would talk to students about mental illness, both for education and diminishing the stigma that still surrounds it. In my health classes they almost never touched on mental health. We did have a psychology class during my senior year of high school but that focused basic theories and experiments. Maybe other schools were different, but in my attendance of six different schools I was definitely never taught about mental health.
I suffered from panic attacks and generalized anxiety since I was 12 years old. I honestly thought I was going crazy and had no idea what I was going through. I wish that someone had explained to me mental illness. At that age, and even into high school I basically associated mental illness with schizophrenia (which I know now is totally wrong today!). It would have saved me so many years of feeling like I had this mysterious illness that no one could understand.
I also think that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be taught in school. It’s not only beneficial to those with disorders. Everyone should know how to re-frame their thoughts because honestly everyone at some point in their life goes through a difficult time.
I think that talking about it in schools would really help students understand that mental health isn’t something to be ashamed of discussing. It’s still so taboo in the United States, and much more in other parts of the world. I can’t wait till the day we become accepting of mental health.