I have just signed a petition to parliament by 13 year old Sinead Latimer . She wants counsellors in primary schools.
Here’s what her petition says:
“I am 13 years old and have suffered depression for 3 years now, due to being bullied. I have started college and have access to a wonderful counsellor. Where were they in primary school? Why did I have to wait to get to college to be offered help?
I know of people that are self-harming and after a really good friend of mine jumped in front of a train last year at the age of 15, I knew something had to change. We need counsellors in primary schools now if we have any chance of saving our lives.
We have the highest rate of teenage suicide in the developed world. According to Stephen Bell (Director of Youthline ) In a average week two teenagers kill themselves and about 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.
So I commend Sinead’s petition to you to help get the parliamentary site signatures she needs.
Good on you Sinead.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.