Supporting young people's mental wellbeing
The Coalition Government is committed to making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.
Budget 2019 extends the nurses in schools programme to a further 5,600 students by commencing the roll-out to decile 5 secondary schools and enhancing existing services in decile 1-4 schools with an investment of $19.6 million over four years.
Already almost 78,000 secondary school students have access to school based health services. In last year's Budget that programme was extended to decile 4 schools because the evidence shows it works.
We want to provide our young people with support and early intervention as they learn to cope with the pressures that come with becoming a young adult. Many of the issues raised with nurses in schools relate to mental wellbeing.
This complements the great work of the Mana Ake programme funded through Budget 2018, which was rolled out over 2018/19 to primary and intermediate schools in Canterbury and Kaikōura, and the Piki pilot of free mental health support for 18-25 year olds in the Greater Wellington region.
"Young people have been calling out for more help, and programmes like our Piki pilot will enable young people to have easy access to counselling," Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says.
We're also supporting schools and early childhood education centres to improve wellbeing through healthy eating and physical activity. New resources will also be made available to teachers to help promote mental resilience in primary and intermediate schools ($2.2 million over four years).