Irish Times | Sheila Wayman

Some 50 per cent of parents believe teachers should start introducing the idea of positive mental health to children from as early as ages four and five in junior infant classes, according to a new survey.

Ninety-nine per cent, agree that they want their children to begin building their mental health skills while still at primary school. And 50.5 per cent believe that class teachers should be the people to introduce the topic of mental health to pupils.

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services conducted the online survey, with the help of the National Parents’ Council Primary, to find out when parents think is the best time to start introducing the building blocks of good mental health. Almost 90 per cent of the 1,200-plus respondents believe parents themselves could benefit from health or wellbeing training.

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