Service aids over 200 youngsters

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The Southern District Health Board’s specialist child and adolescent service has benefited more than 200 youngsters across the Central Lakes area in the last financial year.

The service, which works with referrals of young people experiencing moderate to severe health issues, provides assistance in Queenstown and Dunstan.

Southern District Health Board mental health, addictions and intellectual disability general manager Louise Travers said the Queenstown-based service assisted 21 children aged between 4 and 11 years and 50 young people aged between 12 and 18 years, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The Dunstan-based team aided 46 children and 116 young people.

She said supporting the wellbeing of children and young people was “so important” and was happening across the community in different ways.

“Many schools run wellbeing programmes and educators are trained to notice concerns and support children.”

She said if a parent had any concerns about the wellbeing of their child they could raise it with their school, or GP.

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

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