Majella calls for mental health
classes in schools
O'Donnell has called on the Government to put mental
health classes on the school curriculum.
The mother and grandmother (57) who has bravely
spoken about her lifelong battle with depression,
said teaching children to look after their emotional
wellbeing will be 'critical' to the health of future
Three years ago, Majella co-founded a mental health
charity, Donegal Mind Wellness, which has helped
more than 3,000 people tackle stress in their lives.
The HSE-supported charity runs a free course called
'Stress Control' that tackles debilitating symptoms
like panic, irritability, hopelessness and increased
reliance on alcohol or drugs.
Majella, wife of
country music star Daniel, took to Twitter to call
on the Department of Education to include mental
health as a school subject.
"How long will it be before our government realises
that looking after our mental health HAS to be
taught in schools?" she told her almost 6,000-strong
"If we care for our future generations it is
critical! #mentalhealth #Government,” she added.
has spoken on a number of occasions about her
struggle with depression.
She previously described how she once rang social
services in England terrified she wasn't coping as a
mother to her two young children.
"Here I was with my two beautiful babies and I just
couldn't cope. I felt like a three-year-old and I
just phoned (social services) and said 'hands-up I
can't cope, please will somebody come and help',"
she said. Majella also believes she will need to
take anti-depressants for the rest of her life.