Mental health workers begin in Canterbury schools

News article

30 April 2018

Children in 15 Canterbury and Kaikōura schools will have access to additional people to support their wellbeing from today as part of work involving the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Canterbury Clinical Network.

Seven mental health professionals, counsellors and community workers have begun working in schools in East and West Christchurch under the first stage of the government initiative, Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow, which has a focus on supporting the wellbeing and positive mental health of children who have been impacted by earthquakes.

Mana Ake is a three year $28 million programme, which at its end will have a mental health support worker available to all primary and intermediate age school children in Canterbury and Kaikōura.

By June 2019 programme support will be available to all primary and intermediate school aged children across Greater Christchurch, the Hurunui and Kaikōura.

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