Mental Health Support in Local Schools

Secondary school students in Narre Warren South will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Andrews Government.

Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP, announced that schools in Narre Warren South will receive support under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative which is aimed at improving mental health outcomes for students in Victorian secondary schools.

The $51.2 million initiative, which started in July last year, has so far provided funding for 120 secondary school campuses across the state to recruit a suitably qualified mental health professional, with a further 32 secondary school campuses to receive funding in Term 3 and 69 secondary school campuses in Term 4.

Once fully rolled out, the initiative will see suitably qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.

Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and act as coordinating support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied community and health services.

All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements.

Locally, Kambrya College, Hampton Park Secondary College and Narre Warren South P-12 College have been allocated support from Term 4.

This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services.

The Andrews Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations.

Authorised by Gary Maas, Shop 24 166 Somerville Road Hampton Park. Funded from the Parliamentary Budget.