NSW Premier Announces $88M Plan To Increase Mental Health Staff In Schools

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning that mental health specialists will be available in every public high school in the state to help students deal with bullying, stress, and anxiety.

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Earlier this year the Black Dog Institute and Mission Australia revealed that one in four Aussie students are experiencing mental health issues, and the combination of schoolyard politics, study stress, classic teenage identity crises and now the added pressure from social media, it’s no wonder that teens are bloody struggling.

The NSW Premier spoke about the state government’s rollout of more in-school mental health support staff this morning on Sunrise, explaining that 350 student support officers and an additional 100 full-time counsellors or psychologists will be on-hand at every school to chat through everything from relationships to exam pressures, and will also have the ability to refer students and their parents to extensive help outside of school hours as well.

The Premier announced the $88 million high school mental health initiative today at Mt. Annan High School in Sydney‘s south-west – where the on-campus counsellor is shared with local schools and has well over 50 students coming seeking assistance every week, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.

This announcement comes weeks before the state election on March 23, which is shaping up to be a pretty big one considering the government’s current stance on other issues like pill testing, festivals, and live music,.vlich