It sounds sensible- prevention is better than cure, anxiety is a massive problem in adolescents, so shouldn’t a school-based programme be the way forward? From reading the political buzz, you’d think that was a done deal.
But this cannot be stated enough- we need to do robust studies to establish that new policy and interventions are effective. So negative studies like this one (http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/phr/volume-3/issue-14#abstract) are very important. A programme like this, in this case the FRIENDS, didn’t really help all that much.
Maybe we need to look deeper, into the societal causes of anxiety, rather than applying sticking plasters…..