Today the Victorian Liberals are calling on the State Government to immediately deploy a dedicated mental health specialist to every school across the state.
Victorian students have lost up to 151 days of school and have suffered six consecutive interrupted school terms.
Yo-yo lockdowns have forced students and school communities apart and countless students are struggling with the mental health impacts of social isolation and uncertainty for their future.
The Victorian State Government must immediately commit to delivering a mental health specialist in every Victorian school to ensure every student has access to the help they deserve.
This needs to be across all schools – both primary and secondary.
It needs to be more than social workers or nurses.
The mental health of our students and their families deserves nothing less.
If not delivered by the State Government, an elected Guy Liberal Government will ensure every student has appropriate access to a mental health specialist.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“The shattered mental health of young Victorians is the biggest threat facing our state today.
“The consequences of lockdowns and social isolation on our students will last a lifetime if we don’t act now.
“Desperate families must be supported and the State Government needs to ensure a mental health specialist is made available to every Victorian students that needs one.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy:
“Children across Victoria have borne the brunt of Labor’s lockdowns, resulting in a loss of classroom time, loss of valuable social interaction with friends and family and even being locked out of playgrounds.
“The Andrews Labor Government has a duty to ensure every Victorian student has immediate access to mental health professionals in their school to ensure no child will suffer long-lasting trauma as a result of Victoria’s devastating lockdowns.”