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Calls to increase funding for school guidance counsellors

There are calls to increase funding for school guidance counsellors immediately following the release of the Mental Health Inquiry's report.

When anxiety starts to interfere with a child’s life

Developing long-term strategies to help children approach – rather than avoid – situations which might spark anxiety is key to preventing anxiety disorders having a negative impact on their lifelong mental health. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson

Male role models needed for education and social work careers

Ahead of International Men’s Day on Monday 19 November, a second-year Bachelor of Social Work student reflects why more men are needed in the social good sector.

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.

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