The government 'is failing a generation' with school mental health reforms

11 May, 2018, 05:04 | Author: Norman Carr
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These pressures are taking their toll and can increase the risk of or exacerbate poor mental health. We can all make this a habit beyond just the month of May. Like teachers, staff in nurseries and other early years settings need mental health training so they can work with parents to promote young children's social and emotional development.

With the theme, "There is no Health without Mental Health", the event means to raise awareness about how mental wellness, recovery and resiliency are essential components of health, organizers said.

MPs from the education and health and social care committees criticised the government's green paper on children's mental health, saying it "lacks ambition and will provide no help for the majority of those children who desperately need it".

Health officials say some people may not even realize they are suffering from a mental illness. It advocates for improved and comprehensive community mental health services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We recommend that the Government target funding for mental health support into areas of social disadvantage and inequality. Only about one-third of them connect with the community-based supports and services they need.

Dr. Sarah Davidon, research director at Mental Health Colorado and faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Medicine speaks at Monday's Mental Health Matters conference at Northern Michigan University, which was organized by the Upper Peninsula Children's Coalition.

As part of Mental Health Week activities May 7-13 across the province, the CC4MH has launched a mental health and addictions survey to gain better insight into the experience of the people of the province, specifically the regions outside of Eastern Health, regarding mental health and addictions. "That's why we are calling on the Government to make this extended support mandatory to help ensure that no child falls through the cracks between children's and adult services".

These centres are one-stop-shops that provide youth with health-care, mental-health and substance-use services, as well as social supports, under one roof, in a safe and judgment-free environment. Half of all mental health conditions first occur by the age of 14 and it is estimated that one in ten of our children between the ages of five and 15 are affected by a mental health problem. But the government said it "completely rejects" any suggestion that the plans lack ambition.

"As a starting point, we want to see councils and schools given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling so pupils have access to support as and when they need it", he said.

The Ministry of Education is addressing early intervention and prevention in schools by adding more supports, so students can begin to discuss mental-health challenges with their teachers or counsellors as soon as these issues develop.

The Green Paper wants to see schools and colleges to deliver the "Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health" role, but the report warns that this will make existing pressures worse and said that the government must ensure that the existing child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) workforce is not overburdened by the demands of the Green Paper. Adverse childhood experiences such as poor attachment or through parental alcohol and drug abuse or domestic violence can have a awful bearing on future well-being and a preventative approach in the early years must be a core part of the Government's strategy.



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