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It’s ‘an awful long journey’ to get specialist help for children

Campaigner’s petition calls for all pupils to have access to a trained counsellor in school by 2022

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Something wasn’t clicking with Joanne Waddell. Public awareness of mental health had vastly improved in recent years, but the reality of services in schools across Scotland just didn’t match up. So Waddell, a voluntary counsellor in schools, decided to submit a bold petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for all pupils to have access to trained counsellors in school by 2022.

“The more I researched, the more I couldn’t understand why, with all the media reports about declining children’s mental health, there wasn’t the support for children,” she says.

“I just couldn’t understand why it ...

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