Mental health program launched at Hunter school

The principal at a Hunter Valley primary school says it is vital schools are pro-active in addressing mental health issues for the benefit of the both the school and the student.

A new national mental health initiative, the KidsMatter framework, has been launched today at St Joseph's Primary School at East Maitland.

The program provides tools and support to help schools work with parents, carers and health services to address problems, including anxiety and depression.The 4 primary constituents of the framework are:

* Creating a sense of community

* Social and emotional learning for children

* Working with parents and carers

* Helping children experiencing mental difficulties

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