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(Australia) Teachers need to safeguard the mental health of students; mental health first aid needed

Sept 16, 2017, Wodonga (Australia) Border Mail: Teachers on the "front-line" of mental health at Wodonga Senior Secondary College http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4925102/mental-health-a-priority-says-wodonga-senior-secondary-college/ Teachers are on the “front-line” of safeguarding the mental health of young people, the assistant principal of a Border high school has said. And with schools seen as the “number one protective factor in preventing suicide”, mental health training for staff and students was a high priority, Wodonga Senior Secondary College’s Matt Moylan said. … Focus groups at the event said there was a clear need for awareness-raising and engagement with schools. They called for mental health first aid to be a core component of curriculums. But Mr Moylan said the college was one of many schools in the region already on the front foot in delivering comprehensive mental health programs both in and out of the classroom. Principal Cassandra Walters stated on Facebook that 140 of its teachers and support staff had been trained in youth mental health first aid and the course was being rolled out to 323 Year 10 students in 2017... He added that awareness of mental health issues was an increasingly large part of modern-day teaching. … Mr Moylan said anxiety was one of the biggest issues affecting students.