Richmond News

Province needs to develop mental health strategy for kids

“This week a 20-something fellow named Aaron Leung announced he was seeking a nomination to run for the Vancouver School Board. If elected, he said he would seek to “improve student access to mental health services.” His bid for school board dropped into my email box the same day 250 students and 40 educators from 18 Vancouver schools attended a “summit” at Sir Charles Tupper secondary school under the banner “Balancing our Minds.” (Last year, more than 2,000 high school aged kids attended five such meetings across the province.)

A week earlier, at the annual meeting in Richmond of the B.C. School Trustees Association, Vancouver NPA school trustee Lisa Dominato moved a motion calling on the province to develop a “mental health strategy for B.C. schools.” The motion passed unanimously. It had also passed unanimously when it was initially raised at the school board.”