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4 April 2012
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6. Schools—Youth Mental Health Services

[Sitting date: 04 April 2012. Volume:679;Page:1643. Text is incorporated into the Bound Volume.]

6. NIKKI KAYE (National—Auckland Central) to the Minister of Education: What initiatives is she introducing to help schools tackle youth mental health?

Hon HEKIA PARATA (Minister of Education) : As the House is aware, the Prime Minister has just announced a youth mental health package. As part of this we will be investing $12 million over 4 years to expand the Positive Behaviour for Learning school-wide programme across all secondary schools. This will encourage a culture of responsibility and address problems like bullying. Nurses will also work with decile 3 secondary schools to undertake youth development checks, and will make referrals where necessary. Nurses are already working with decile 1 and 2 schools under the school-based health services initiative.

Nikki Kaye: What other initiatives were announced?

Hon HEKIA PARATA: We will also be asking the Education Review Office to include student well-being as part of its regular reviews of schools. We will expect schools to be able to demonstrate what steps they are taking to improve student well-being, and to show improvement over time. Specially trained youth workers will work alongside nurses in selected low-decile secondary schools to further strengthen support for young people in need. They will also trial a new programme called Check and Connect, which targets young people who have disengaged, or who are at risk of disengaging, from schools. We will also pilot the FRIENDS for Life programme in 10 secondary schools. It aims to build students’ self-resilience and esteem in order to help them cope with depression and anxiety—key risk factors for suicide.