Labour promises mental health support in Canterbury schools

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Jacinda Ardern was treated to a performance of a song in te reo and a haka by children at Christchurch's Addington Primary School before announcing Labour's latest mental health policy.

Labour has announced it will fund an extra 80 mental health professionals in Kaikoura and Canterbury primary and intermediate schools, saying current wait times are "inappropriately long".

It would come at a cost of $10 million for one health professional per 500 children over three years.

Labour promises mental health support in Canterbury schools

Ms Ardern says they know that Canterbury children in Christchurch rate higher than others who suffer with anxiety and depression issues. Since 2011 there's been a 73 per cent increase in children and young people going to mental health clinics.

"At the moment there are just seven full-time Canterbury District Health Board staff in their school mental health team covering over 136 schools in the region".

"We can afford this by boosting health funding by $8 billion and restore the $2.3 billion that this Government has failed to provide for demographic pressures and inflation".

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