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February 26, 2014
Contact: Simon Crase

Melrose Primary School praised for bold EQ initiative: Cathy McGowan AO

Primary school in Wodonga praised for creating a healthy and nurturing culture

TODAY in Parliament Cathy McGowan AO, Federal Member for Indi, spoke about the good work Melrose Primary School is doing to build and sustain a culture of strong emotional health and emotional intelligence.

Ms McGowan spoke following her visit to the school last week where she learnt of the positive impact the EQ program has on the students at the school.

The program encourages the students to be self-aware, self-controlled, self-motivated, and empathetic and manage their relationships.

The benefits of a whole-school approach to emotional intelligence are that students, teachers and families gain skills in recognising and naming emotions.

This results in students who are better able to understand their feelings and recognise the difference between feelings and actions.

“In all the research on mental health, early intervention is nominated as the number one most effective action that can be taken,” Ms McGowan said in Parliament.

“I am committed to improving services for young people affected by mental health issues in Indi and to ensuring that rural and regional communities do not miss out on improvements to these services,” said Ms McGowan following her speech.

“I want to ensure that future National Mental Health Strategies respond with solutions to improve mental health outcomes for young people in rural and regional areas,” Ms McGowan concluded.

Cathy_St_Augustines_School_Canberra_visit_Feb_26_2014.JPGThis speech also followed the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health group on Tuesday night at Parliament.

The group, founded by Ms McGowan’s parliamentary colleagues Senator Wright, Senator Pratt and the Member for Wannon, formed to ensure that Youth mental Health is a priority in Parliament.

IMAGE CAPTION: Year 5 and 6 students and teachers from St Augustines Primary School in Wodonga with Cathy McGowan AO, Federal Member for Indi, during a tour of Parliament House today. 


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