Dec 2, 2019, CBC: Province commits $4.4M to mental health supports in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/province-commits-money-mental-health-supports-brandon-portagelaprairie-steinbach-1.5381201 The Manitoba government is investing millions of dollars toward improving mental health and addiction supports for young students in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Steinbach. The province will pay $4.4 million over three years to "enhance existing school-based clinical teams with psychiatric nurses and addiction support workers," with help from school divisions, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, regional health authorities and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba…. "Hanover School Division is acutely aware of the increasing number of students suffering from mental health issues," said Randy Dueck, superintendent and CEO of the Hanover School Division, adding that the "social and emotional well-being of our students is a top priority for us over the next three years." The initiative will not duplicate or replace mental health supports already in place, but it will allow children to get help sooner, said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.