New Mental Health Directory for Schools

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Issues to Resources is a directory of mental health services available locally, nationally and internationally, listed alongside specific issues like 'Anxiety support for children' and 'Bullying via social media or texting'. It is available free in printed form and online.

Issues to Resources is a directory of mental health servicesIssues to Resources was recently launched by the Canterbury DHB School Based Mental Health Team. The team was established in 2013 with a goal to provide a pro-active school based outreach service to support schools which were dealing with post-quake child and youth mental health issues in Canterbury.

Harith Swadi, Clinical Director for Child, Family and Mental Health, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) says it was crucial that they delivered what the schools themselves wanted.

More than 200 Canterbury schools were directly contacted and asked if they wanted help. Initially 67 schools said yes and phone calls and meetings with these school leadership teams followed. More than 80 schools now use the resource.

Michelle Cole, Registered Nurse with the team says they sat down and talked with school staff. "For many, it was the first time they'd had a chance to express what they were dealing with," says Michelle.

She noticed that while each school had its own unique experience, the issues they were struggling to address were similar. These included families having to move more than once; loss of homes and family stress; schools damaged, relocating, merging; new entrants not ready for school and sleeping difficulties.

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Page last reviewed: 20 November 2015
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