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Parents play a key role in mental health care

Marcus Lum

The Education Bureau has released a curriculum framework for parent education in secondary schools, highlighting the crucial role fathers and mothers play in protecting the mental health of their children.

All 512 secondary schools, as well as special schools, and organizations or groups can rely on the curriculum framework, which is designed to equip parents with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively raise their adolescent children.

The curriculum framework consists of four core lines:

? Adolescent understanding

development;

? Promoting healthy, happy and balanced development of adolescents;

? Promoting the physical and psychological well-being of parents; And

? Promoting cooperation and communication between school and home.

These components focus on supporting the developmental needs of adolescents and preparing parents to deal with the various challenges that arise during this stage.

The framework emphasizes the importance of parents acting as ‘gatekeepers’ in monitoring their children’s mental health.

They are encouraged to actively listen to their children’s experiences, feelings and thoughts, and provide adaptive guidance in dealing with stressful situations.

The framework emphasizes the need for parents to avoid negative or critical reactions, as these can further deteriorate their relationship with the child and the adolescent’s mental state.

If parents suspect that children are showing signs of suicide, they are advised to immediately seek professional help from the school and community, such as teachers and school social workers.

“We encourage all secondary schools to refer to the framework and design parent education activities tailored to their school context,” an agency spokesperson said.

“Other organizations, such as parent-teacher associations, federations of parent-teacher associations, post-secondary institutions and non-governmental organizations, are encouraged to use the framework to develop and deliver parent education programs that meet the needs of secondary school parents . students at level.”

The agency will hold briefing sessions next month to introduce the framework to stakeholders.

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