More funding to support students’ mental wellbeing

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BUILDING RESILIENCE: Cathedral College head of junior school, Greg Newbold, said it was important for schools to help students develop empathy and sustainable relationships to prevent bullying. PHOTO: Freyja Postlethwaite

STUDENTS suffering with mental health issues may feel more supported thanks to a new government program.

Victorian Minister for Eduaction, James Merlino, last Friday announced the Victorian Anti Bullying and Mental Health Initiative – a $7 million plan to support students’ mental health and wellbeing and to address bullying.

About one in five young people experience bullying, which can negatively affect their academic performance and self esteem.

The initiative aims to ensure children have access to help as soon as they need it and to give schools the training and resources to assist students manage their recovery.

Greg Newbold, Cathedral College head of junior school, said the initiative was a positive step as it raises awareness for the issue and recognises “anything that helps to support the emotional and social wellbeing of a child” is beneficial.

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