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Youth mental health service wait times unacceptable

The Counsellors Association is calling for an end to the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ approach and a greater focus on early therapeutic intervention instead.

Let’s talk about self-harm

A representative on the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and also a school counsellor herself, Jean Andrews discusses recognising, responding to and reducing self-harm amongst young people. By Soumya Bhamidipati.

Supporting young men who are affected by suicide

New research shows young men experience four different types of silence following the suicide of a close friend or peer. Dr Chris Bowden discusses his findings and what teachers, schools and others in the school community can do to better support their students.

Swarbrick cites own experiences on universities tour to discuss mental health

Chloe Swarbrick says young people are finding it hard to identify when they are experiencing mental health issues.

Working party for counsellor staffing levels missing from Ministry offer

Secondary school teachers' union PPTA is disappointed that the Ministry failed to include in its offer to secondary teachers a working party to look at staffing levels of school counsellors. However, some counsellors are doubtful another working party would bring about the necessary change.

Are Kiwi Kids still all right?

Rachel Helyer Donaldson looks at how our education and health systems are responding to the crisis of anxiety affecting our children and young people.

Horror stories fail to shift Education Ministry on the right to restrain

Teachers are forced to evacuate classrooms for the safety of everyone else while a rampaging child is left to do whatever they choose.

Principals say teachers working sick as schools struggle to find relievers

Teachers are going to work sick as schools struggle to find relief staff to cover absences, Bay of Plenty principals say.

Free eye screening rolled out to South Auckland Schools

South Auckland school kids will be screened for vision conditions this month, thanks to a local charity initiative. Data from the Foundation has found one in three low decile school children has an undiagnosed vision condition.

Are you New Zealand’s healthiest school?

A new programme designed to get Kiwi kids moving and stay healthy could see primary schools score a visit from rugby legend Cory Jane and hockey legend Gemma McCaw.
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