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Flynn backs student mental health campaign

21 August, 2018 - by Órlaithí Flynn

Sinn Féin mental health spokesperson Órlaithí Flynn has added her support to a student mental health campaign.

The West Belfast MLA was speaking after meeting with Katie Graden Spence who recently walked 297 miles in memory of the 297 lives lost by suicide last year and raised funds for Action Mental Health about her mental health proposals for schools.

Órlaithí Flynn said:

“I am pleased to support Katie Graden Spence’s campaign to address mental health and well-being issues in schools.

“Katie’s proposal is that a mental health pupil leadership team be set up in schools across the north as a practical way to help students reach out and get the help they need and deserve.

“Mental ill-health can affect us all including our school children. That’s why it is vital we have the appropriate provisions in place to support our students.

“Sinn Féin has continually raised with the Health and Education departments the need for schools to be adequately resourced to help students experiencing mental health problems receive the care they need.

“It is also important that students are encouraged to seek help and to be more of aware of their own, and others, mental health and emotional well-being.

“If any schools are interested in Katie’s piloted proposal of a mental health pupil leadership team, they can contact her via email: [email protected].”

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