Elwood College had the honour of hosting Premier Daniel Andrews and Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino Philip Dalidakis to announce a $51.2 million program to expand mental health care in Victorian secondary schools.
This program will see mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses in every government secondary school up to five days a week from next term. Elwood College will be among the 33 schools who will be the first to start running this program.
These mental health professionals will provide students with counselling, early intervention services and extra support.
The Education Minister spoke of how “mental health is the biggest issue facing young people”, and said that mental health issues were the “number one” problem that has been brought to his attention.
Assistant Principal Todd Asensio spoke of how “mental health issues do impact teaching and learning and students’ capacity to perform” in schools, meaning that this program will not only aid students’ health and wellbeing, but will necessarily have a flow-on effect on their educational outcomes as well.
At Elwood College, our Student Wellbeing Coordinator Caitlin Ridgway is available five days a week. Students can arrange an appointment with Caitlin by talking with a teacher/coordinator or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop in to her office near the administration office.
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