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(UK) Fife: Teachers not prepared to deal with mental health problems; counselor needed

Feb 14, 2018, (UK) Fife Today: Call for permanent school counsellor at Fife academy https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/education/call-for-permanent-school-counsellor-at-fife-academy-1-4688969 Cllr Colin Davidson believes a counsellor being based at the school, working with children at the academy and at nearby primary schools, would help tackle disruptive behaviour. He said: “The government has indicated there’s a lack of mental health provision for pupils in schools. “Teachers are ill equipped to deal with it and some of these kids have complex needs which manifest as extreme levels of behaviour and disruption. “ … Head of education Shelagh McLean explained how Fife Council was working to support the wellbeing of young people, saying: “We’ve increased investment supporting emotional wellbeing in schools from £90,000 each year to £270,000 this session, demonstrating our real commitment to this vital provision. …