Sanity or counselling?;Letter

24th April 1998 at 01:00
What a relief to read that common sense may be about to take over from the obsession with counselling every time a community experiences a setback.

The leading paediatrician who brought sanity on the matter to the Edinburgh International Science Festival (TESS, April 17) deserves applause from all who have doubted the wisdom of "professionals" rushing into schools as the first response by education authorities keen to show they are well prepared and caring.

There has to be a balanced response according to the nature and scale of tragedy.

Dunblane probably needed counsellors. Schools that have lost a child in an accident at home or on the roads, or where an empty classroom has been burned out, surely do not.

David Johnston Hawkhill Dundee

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