2 May 2017

'We need help with students' mental health' - School principals

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 2 May 2017

Secondary school principals say it's frustrating that new research proves the benefits of good health services in schools, but toofew schools are able to provide them. Yesterday on Nine to Noon we spoke with Auckland University associate professor Simon Denny, on his analysis of data from the Youth 2012 Survey of about 8500 teenagers. It found that teen suicide attempts and depression drops by two thirds in schools with good, multi-disciplinary health services - but only one in 10 has that level of resourcing. Kathryn talks to the chair of the PPTA Principals' Council, James Morris of Darfield High School, and Edgewater College principal, Allan Vester.