NSW Labor is urging the Government to fast-track additional school counsellors in NSW schools to combat the highest levels of youth suicide in 15 years.
It follows media reports that half (50) of the 100 additional school counsellors promised by the Government will not be available until next year.
Shadow Minister for Education Prue Car said: “This is is an enormously stressful time for the community. Young people are crying out for help and they shouldn't have to wait for it.
“Schools across NSW reopened months ago but the Government hasn’t delivered the mental health services they need.”
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Tara Moriarty used questions on notice to reveal that no additional school counsellors have been placed in schools to assist students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Communities across NSW are facing the worst incidence of youth suicide in fifteen years. The Government needs to move much faster to deliver frontline mental health services to save lives” Ms Moriarty said.