SOUTH-WEST high school students will receive funding for school based mental health support.
Brauer Secondary College, Camperdown College, Cobden Technical School, Derrinallum P-12 College, Hawkesdale P12 College, Heywood District Secondary College, Mortlake P-12 College, Portland Secondary College, Terang College 5-12 campus, Timboon P-12 School and Warrnambool College will receive support under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative.
The state government roll out has been brought forward due to the increased mental health challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding allows for the schools to recruit a mental health practitioner who can provide counselling and early intervention services, and coordinate support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied and community health services.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said it was a challenging time for many people at the moment, especially young people.
"We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life," she said.
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Education Minister James Merlino said many young people were experiencing mental health challenges and this would make it easier to access support at school.
"This is one of the biggest issues raised with me when I talk to students, parents and carers and schools," she said.
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