Friday 17 November 2017

Young shouldn't be pawns in mental-health funding

IT is only a matter of days since Education Minister Ruairi Quinn launched badly needed, updated guidelines to help schools deal with the bullying scourge that we know, all too tragically, has stolen young lives in Ireland. Earlier this year, the minister was party to the launch of new national guidelines on promoting positive mental health and suicide prevention in post-primary schools.

Mr Quinn underscored the need for the mental health guidelines when he said that one in 10 children and teenagers experienced mental health disorders, which impacted on their relationships and day-to-day coping skills.

Among the current post-primary student population, one in 10 amounts to at least 36,000 teenagers in school today who, by the minister's own account, may need support.

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