November 2, 2021
Primary school counselling pilot welcome but more needs to be done – Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has welcomed pilot funding for primary schools to deliver counselling and other mental health services but has said much more needs to be done.

Speaking following the announcement by the Education Minister, the West Belfast MLA said:

“Funding announced today will support primary schools in providing much needed mental health support and counselling services in the short term.

“The evidence is clear, more and more children are presenting with mental health issues and that is why we need to move beyond a pilot project and get proper support in place in our primary schools permanently.

“The Minister’s announcement will really only help schools until March but the problems facing our children and young people will remain long after that.

”I am calling on the Minister to put in place a proper plan to tackle the mental health challenges in our schools and to move beyond these short term initiatives.”

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