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Students across the Province are set to benefit from a 3-million-dollar investment to support new school-based mental health programs focused on prevention, wellness promotion and early intervention.

The funding will be split among all of the Provinces school districts, with 35 thousand dollars finding its way here to school district 58-Nicola-Samilkameen.

Exactly where the money will go has not yet been decided. District Superintendent Stephen McNiven told Q101 the social-emotional learning team will lead the discussion on how the money is spent, with input from other groups.

“We have to have that student voice, because its important in directing this work,” said McNiven.

School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen District Principal Jane Kempston told Q101 she would like to see the money go towards a real community based innovative around mental health.

“Where we’re really talking to the Nicola Valley, around what we all can do to support every bodies well being, especially our kids,” said Kempston. “What does it really look like to be a community, who really focuses on the well being of children and families. And what can we do as a school district to really lead that discussion.”

Approximately 1 in 8 students will suffer from mental illness with only 1 in 3 of them receiving the specialized treatment they need.

 

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