Increase in mental health services in school

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We are a group of Grade 10 students who attend Earl of March High School in Kanata, Ontario. We are hoping to improve the overall mental health in the OCDSB school board. Through this petition, we want to get a qualified psychotherapist to be permanently assigned to OCDSB secondary schools. Many students struggle with mental health issues that our usual guidance counsellors may not be able to resolve. By bringing in a qualified and paid therapist we would be able to discuss our problems without worry of parental input or interference. The plan would be to have one therapist that we can book appointments with to solve a variety of mental health issues. This way they could help as many students as possible. We could book directly with them or be sent to them by our guidance counsellor. Hopefully other school boards will follow our example and greatly improve mental health across the country. We think that it's time to change the ways of dealing with mental health.