(Canada) Red Deer, Alb.: "So many young people are experiencing mental health issues"

Sept 27, 2017, Canada, Red Deer Advocate, Alberta: Public schools trustees must work to meet student needs, said Cathy Peacocke Support is needed in and out of the classroom Three terms as a public school board trustee have taught Cathy Peacocke that it isn’t just in-class problems that impact a student’s ability to learn. So many young people are experiencing mental health issues, financial shortfalls at home, and other concerns that a multi-pronged approach is needed to make them successful in school — and ultimately in life, said Peacocke, who’s running for her fourth term. Schools need to provide additional support for students, she said — whether it’s a referral to a counsellor for help with their anxiety or depression, or free breakfast or lunch programs.