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Schools to take part in mass trial to tackle depression

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Around 7,000 schoolchildren across the UK are to be surveyed as part of a trial for a new positive thinking programme.

Researchers from the University of Bath will investigate whether Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which promotes techniques for positivity, coping and problem solving, can reduce the risk of mental illness among adolescents.

The programme is set to be included as part of Personal Social and Health Education lessons, and assessments of the children will look to ascertain whether CBT can reduce the rates of depressive symptoms among children.

Project leader Professor Paul Stallard emphasised the importance of eradicating any problems among teenagers which may lead to mental health problems as they grow older.

‘Studies have shown that if we give young people the tools that can help them build resilience, they can avoid these issues becoming a problem in later life,’ he said.

Evidence suggests around one in ten children display symptoms which may, if unmanaged, lead to mental illness in later life.

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  • I think this is a fantastic idea. I feel that coping skills and stress management should be taught at a young age and that life skills are as important, if not more, than some academic subjects. To improve self confidence of the next generation can only be a good thing in my opinion.

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