Mental health practitioner to start at MEC from term one 2020

Maryborough Education Centre (MEC) students will have better access to mental health practitioners from next year with the school set to share in $51.2 million worth of government funding.

From term one, 2020, MEC will be introducing a mental health practitioner as part of the State Government’s Mental Health Practitioners in Schools initiative.

The initiative is set to provide every Victorian government secondary school campus with funding for a mental health practitioner by 2022, so students can receive additional support when they need it most.

MEC student support services coordinator Catherine Poussard said the recruitment of a mental health practitioner will be “significant” for the school and students.

“This will be significant for us and it’s definitely a welcomed initiative from the school’s perspective. Based on the numbers at this school it’ll mean an extra 2.5 days of counselling support, specifically in the area of mental health,” she said.

“That will address some of the concerns students are experiencing with anxiety and depression in particular.

“The school has a resilient and vibrant community but the world is pretty complex at the moment, particularly for adolescents.”

Ms Poussard said the funding will expand MEC’s support services team and allow the school to broaden its support offerings.

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