BALLARAT students will get more mental health support from a $750,000 state government grant.
A number of statewide programs will be developed over 18 months, with the first focusing on self-harm.
The funding will also be used to equip teachers to support vulnerable students, including those in out-of-home care, and training parents and carers.
Education Minister Martin Dixon said the Victorian government was committed to supporting students and schools in the mental health space.
“Schools and school communities are on the frontline, providing essential support to students and their families,” Mr Dixon said.
“Our commitment includes $7.5 million of recurrent funding to connect community and local government service providers with schools via the School Focused Youth Service.
“Headspace is a leader in youth mental health, and this partnership builds on the existing work headspace is doing in the Victorian school system through its national program, headspace School Support.”
A headspace Ballarat centre, which helps young people aged between 12 and 25 with issues including physical, sexual and mental health, also opened in early July and has so far had about 230 referrals from the Ballarat region.