At the Mental Health- Time for Action conference we heard from Kevin Courtney        Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU). He talked about the ‘Tide of mental health problems facing our young people in schools.’ He believes a huge component of this is due to the exam factory culture that is prevalent  in our education system. We also heard from Rob Illingworth  Joint secretary of Nottingham NEU who echoed these concerns, as well as talking openly about his own struggle with mental ill health.

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