New focus on student mental health – will it make a difference?

The government is making moves to ramp up mental health services in New Zealand schools.

A pilot programme is being planned to bring counsellors into primary schools, and multidisciplinary mental health teams into secondary schools.

Will it make a difference to the country’s dire youth suicide and depression rates?

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Christchurch counsellor Sarah Maindonald who has had 30 years experience in the field, a former primary school counsellor in Hamilton, Kyra Lindsay, and Aorere College Principal Gregory Pierce.

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