TOO much pressure is being placed on children to succeed academically and not enough focus is being placed on equipping them with life skills.

This is according to Jamaican professor and psychiatrist Dr Wendel Abel, who pointed to exams like the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) as a contributor to stress, depression and other mental issues among young people.

Abel was delivering a lecture titled “Making a Difference in Edu­ca­tion: Tackling Mental Health Issues”, hosted by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at its St Augustine campus on Friday night.

Noting this country had a 12.9 per cent suicide rate, with young age groups being the most at risk, Abel said the education system was the ideal place for intervention. (Express)

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