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(Ireland) 4 and 6 yr olds "have mental health issues"; principals should get training

Mar 29, 2018, (Ireland) Irish Times: Children aged four to six have mental health issues, says FF TD—James Browne claims social media contributing hugely to their difficulties https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/children-aged-four-to-six-have-mental-health-issues-says-ff-td-1.3445008 Children as young as between four and six years are presenting with anxiety, stress and other mental health issues, Fianna Fáil TD James Browne has claimed. “Social media is no doubt playing a huge part in this,’’ he said. … He asked Minister for Education Richard Bruton what he was doing about it in the Dáil on Thursday. Mr Bruton said as part of the confidence and supply agreement the Government had restored 500 of the 600 guidance counsellors who were in schools. The National Educational Psychological Service had been expanded and a well-being programme for children introduced last September. “That seeks to ensure the schools will have the policies, the curricular content, the relationship-building and referral mechanisms in place to ensure children who might be experiencing difficulty will have support in the school and the capacity for referral to appropriate services elsewhere,’’ said Mr Bruton. … Mr Browne said increasingly teachers and principals were meeting young children who had nothing physically or intellectually wrong with them but who were presenting with speech, language and social developmental issues. He said there should be an increase in the number of release days for school principals to allow them attend mental health training. …