THIS year’s national Mental Health Week has been met proactively by Labor with a commitment to recruit mental health workers to all state primary and high schools.
Running from 6-12 October, this year’s Mental Health Week had a theme of “we all have a role to play” and encouraged people to think holistically about how communities build healthy support networks.
Labor Member for Clark Ella Haddad said more could be done, particularly for young Tasmanians in the greater Hobart area, who were among some of the most vulnerable.
“Tasmania’s youth suicide rate remains among the highest in the country,” she said.
“Labor has consulted widely, and the feedback is clear — half of all lifelong mental health problems begin before the age of 14 years.
“Therefore, early intervention is vital in protecting a young person’s mental health.
“Early identification and treatment of mental ill health matters.
“That is why Labor will recruit mental health workers to all Tasmanian state primary and high schools.
“Labor’s $40 million Mental Health Workers in Schools program will ensure students in Clark have access to specialist mental health support.
“It will employ a range of mental health professionals such as social workers, youth workers or psychologists.
“Mental health workers in schools will help de-stigmatise mental health and create peer support networks.
“By identifying and treating mental health early, we can reduce the leading cause of youth homelessness in Tasmania and decrease the number of acute mental health issues presenting at our hospitals.
“Labor believes in taking action and its workplaces that support mental health and wellbeing.
“This will build a more sustainable mental health response.”
For more information about Labor’s Mental Health Workers in Schools policy, visit http://taslabor.com/health-policy.
Caption: Labor Member for Clark Ella Haddad and Mina Saric at Eureka Clubhouse.