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(Canada) NWT: Call for more counselors; "teachers are 'struggling' to help students"

Mar 12, 2018, Yahoo News Canada: N.W.T. government aims to put mental health counsellors in schools https://ca.news.yahoo.com/n-w-t-government-aims-080000442.html The Northwest Territories government is proposing to hire child and youth care counsellors in elementary and high schools across the Northwest Territories starting next school year…. "I know a lot of students in my school have really high anxiety," said Skavinski. "We can't find mental health workers or help in our community." Skavinski hopes having counsellors readily available in schools will make it "a lot less scary" for students to seek the help they need. Four-year plan to cost $7M The plan is to hire 42 counsellors and seven clinical supervisors over the next four years. The Department of Health and Social Services estimates this will cost around $7 million in total. … Fraser Oliver, president of the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association, said teachers are "struggling" to help students who suffer from mental-health challenges. … "Most teachers across Canada and in the Northwest Territories aren't professionally trained to deal with mental-health issues." …