Initiatives and resources in NSW public schools
The NSW Government is investing $88.4 million over four years to provide every public high school with a full-time school counselling allocation, as well as a full-time student support officer. This initiative will make it easier for students to access mental health and wellbeing support.
One in seven children and young people experience a mental health issue each year and half of all mental health disorders emerge before the age of 14.
Schools have an important role in student wellbeing and mental health, and through this initiative school communities can be confident there will always be someone students can turn to for mental health and wellbeing support.
These additional positions will commence in 2020 with a phased transition through to 2023. This expansion will deliver up to:
- 100 additional school counselling positions
- 350 additional student support officers.