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Pupil support

We would like to make clear that the low numbers of pupils who would turn to guidance staff at times of severe emotional stress (TESS, August 23) is no reflection on those within Renfrewshire education department. The low uptake is part of a wider picture, highlighted for instance in England in the Health Education Authority's Understanding and Promoting Mental Health, 1996.

We have nothing but praise for senior school management and the guidance staff within Renfrewshire without whose support our work could be not be undertaken.

We would be delighted to supply the questionnaire used in Renfrewshire to other education departments in Scotland.

As Neil Munro accurately reports, we do believe guidance staff throughout Scotland need to be listened to when developing the future of this important service.

PETER GRAFTON Education co-ordinator Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health 36 Dalskeith Road, Paisley

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