Local Far North students talk mental health with Education Minister

Far North Queensland was well represented today as students from right around Queensland sat down with Education Minister Grace Grace today to discuss mental health and wellbeing at the second Ministerial Student Advisory Council meeting.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said local Cairns State High School student Jesleen Patel and Woree State High School student Shadrach Getawan were two of only 16 secondary students from across Queensland who had been appointed to the Council earlier in the year.

“Jesleen and the other students shared their ideas about what impacts young peoples’

mental health, examples of the good things Queensland schools are doing, and what more could be done to support young people who are experiencing mental health issues,” Mr Healy said.

"Our students are our most important stakeholders so it's only natural they be given an opportunity to make their views heard".

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt said he would be catching up with Shadrach about some of the issues he raised at the meeting and engage with the wider school community about what we can do better to tackle mental health for our young people.

"When we take the time to listen to what our students have to say, we can develop more effective policy and programs that will make a difference" Mr Pitt said.

"I am sure that the Council members will provide valuable insights that will keep the Minister in touch with what it is like to be a student in Queensland schools".

Student's feedback and ideas from Ministerial Student Advisory Council meetings will help inform future government policy and program development.

The meeting coincides with Queensland Mental Health Week which runs from 6-14 October 2018.

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