Psychology clinic opens for Marsden State High School students

MARSDEN State High School students now have access to a psychology outreach clinic after the school formed a partnership with the University of Queensland.

CLINIC OPEN: Provisional psychologist Sally Arthur, UQ professor Virginia Slaughter and Marsden State High School executive principal Andrew Peach.

CLINIC OPEN: Provisional psychologist Sally Arthur, UQ professor Virginia Slaughter and Marsden State High School executive principal Andrew Peach.

Head of UQ's School of Psychology, professor Virginia Slaughter, said adolescence was a period of great change which sets out a range of physical, social, emotional and academic challenges.

"It is also the most common age for the start of many mental health problems," she said.

"Sometimes students with mental health issues, such as those needing a Mental Health Care Plan need more specialised help than their school can provide.

"The clinic at Marsden State High School was set up to meet the mental health needs of those students waiting for the actioning of mental health care plans."

Provisional psychologist and advanced post graduate student Sally Arthur will provide treatment at the clinic which started taking patients this month.

Ms Arthur will report to the student's GP after the completion of sessions.

Students must have a referral for psychological treatment or a mental health issue before attending the clinic.

Marsden State High School executive principal Andrew Peach said the clinic would provide students with the support they need within an appropriate time frame.

"We are aware that many students with a mental health care plan can be on a waiting list for six months or longer to see a psychologist," he said.

"The waiting times often have a negative impact on students' learning and wellbeing.

"The clinic will also assist those families who cannot afford services or who find it difficult to make outside school hour appointments due to work commitments."

The service is free and students do not require a Medicare card for treatment.

Marsden State High School has taken a strong stand on mental health issues through the Mates Talk Change program.

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