Catholic Schools NSW has welcomed moves by the Berejiklian Government to strengthen mental health training for teachers. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
In response to youth suicide and rising levels of mental health issues in New South Wales schools, the Government announced that all teachers will receive increased mandatory mental health training.
The Government has identified mental health as one of four priority areas for teacher accredited training and determined that teachers will have to complete 50 hours of training, to be phased in from 2021.
Catholic Schools NSW chief executive officer Dallas McInerney has welcomed the new initiative.
“Across Catholic Schools NSW, both systemic and congregational, there’s a network and variety of programs and responses to deal with this very important issue,” said Mr McInerney, “including programs related to the school chaplaincy programs.”
“Pleasingly we’re able to involve another Church agency, CatholicCare, to provide support in the provision of some of these services and we think that’s very important.”
Mr McInerney says that while the new measures are important, the faith in Catholic schools already provides pathways for dealing with mental health related issues.
Mental health training for teachers welcomed (By Benjamin Conolly, The Catholic Weekly)