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(New Zealand) Primary students with 'severe mental health needs' need help

Aug 16, 2017, Scoop Independent News, New Zealand: 1089 pupils needing urgent psychological help identified http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1708/S00082/1089-pupils-needing-urgent-psychological-help-identified.htm Far North principals identify 1089 pupils needing urgent psychological help 110 Te Tai Tokerau Principals this week identified 1089 pupils in their schools who need clinical psychological help to recover from often horrific childhood experiences – and there’s little available! Pat Newman, President of Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association, says this is an appalling number of our young people who badly need services that are non-existent for them. “That’s about 6% of the pupils in those schools. Worse still, we have 33 schools with 16% or more of their students needing urgent clinical intervention. That is a huge problem that for too long has been swept under the carpet,” says Mr Newman. “These 1089 mainly primary aged children do not have mild to moderate needs. Some of them are suicidal and all are a serious danger to themselves and others. They have serious needs that unless corrected now, will end up causing harm to others and we are just consigning these children eventually to prison,” says Mr Newman.