(New Zealand) Students in need of "urgent psychological help"

Aug 18, 2017, New Zealand, The Northern Advocate: 1089 Northland students need clinical psychological help Pat Newman said the 1089 Northland children who need to clinical psychological help will end up in prison if they are not able to access the services they need. An experienced child therapist says agencies need to work together to help the 1089 Northland children identified as needing urgent psychological help so they don't end up struggling as adults. Pat Newman, principal of Hora Hora Primary School, emailed every principal in Northland - about 150 of them - asking them to identify the number of students in their school who are high-needs behaviour, not because they are naughty but because they have been harmed in the past and need psychological help. Mr Newman said 110 principals, about 100 of whom are primary school principals, responded and together identified 1089 pupils who needed clinical psychological help to recover from often horrific childhood experiences which included abuse of all kinds. … Mr Newman said some of the students identified in the survey were exhibiting behaviours that were putting themselves, their peers, and teachers at risk - including fighting, throwing desks, and stabbing others. … These mental health professionals will work at the handful of schools in the district a few days a week, but the ultimate goal is for them to be available full time to students, a vision that could become a reality as early as January 2018.