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Need for mental health services in schools has doubled

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The Educator | 04 Dec 2014, 04:30 PM Agree 0
In what ways do you think schools could improve mental health services for students?
  • JoeCitizen | 05 Dec 2014, 10:53 AM Agree 0
    By allocating more of their budget towards staff support services.
  • Concerned reader | 05 Dec 2014, 11:28 AM Agree 0
    Having appropriate resources in place to effectively assist students dealing with mental health issues is crucial. It should be a priority to assist schools as much as possible to ensure the necessary resources are in place.
  • In Agreement | 05 Dec 2014, 11:36 AM Agree 0
    I agree, schools need to assist students with mental health issues as much as possible and an allocation of a bigger budget towards support staff and staff training would go a long way to helping students in need
  • John | 05 Dec 2014, 11:37 AM Agree 0
    Mental health is a very important issue for schools that should be more of a priority. Too often it is overlooked, as opposed to academic performance.
  • JoeCitizen | 10 Dec 2014, 08:44 AM Agree 0
    So true. If left unchecked this could get out of hand (if it isn't already). What is a school without the well-being of its students?
  • | 10 Dec 2014, 11:20 AM Agree 0
    If mental health issues can be managed then behaviour management is easier and there is more possibility of obtaining academic outcomes. Without assistance kids are dysfunctional and often can't even attend school. More help is needed here, it is more than overloaded teachers can deal with in the classroom. Help our kids to cope!
  • Cassie | 11 Dec 2014, 09:56 AM Agree 0
    Mental health is an issue that is increasing in every school, and cannot be ignored, these kids have a right to access the curriculum like everyone else, so teachers must make modifications to cater for this type of disability. Wanting to send them somewhere to be fixed rather than inservicing staff and continuing to provide support within the school isn't a solution. There are specialist schools that work with kids with mental health issues (like Redbank, Rivendell, Coraltree) that are willing to support schools to manage students in their own settings, schools just need to get in touch.
  • corinne | 11 Dec 2014, 10:13 AM Agree 0
    While teachers do need to make accommodations and adjustments for students in their classrooms, and to learn Mental Health First Aid, what schools need is not teachers partially trained as mental health workers - they have enough to keep up with their teaching roles , but professionally trained health professionals available to counsel students and administer to their health needs. Do we expect the pilot and navigator of a plane to support passengers who are airsick? Should a vet prescribe medicine for the pet owner? We need to recognise - with resources- that mental health issues are a health problem and needs a professional health provider response.
  • Upset mum | 15 Jan 2015, 08:31 AM Agree 0
    I also agree. My son went to a selective high school and left at the end of year 11 because of anxiety issues. The school counsellor only saw him twice in one Semester. We need to put more money towards supporting students and staff. A counsellor for two days a week in any school is not enough!
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