By KATHERINE MAY.
As a parent you want to protect your child, wrap them up and keep them safe, shelter them from the storms that lie ahead. I have a four year old and at the moment I am lucky enough that he talks to me about his problems, his fears and his hopes. But I am acutely aware that I won’t always be his confident. A day will come when problems arise and he needs others to talk to, friends, his father, a teacher, a school counsellor perhaps. And I welcome this because emotional support, sharing, and brainstorming problems is healthy, it’s the best way to move forward.
So when my son goes to school it will be a relief that there will be someone there who is a qualified counsellor, someone with experience in mental health issues and who has been chosen for the job based on skills, experience and merit. I will feel some comfort knowing that if one day my son has sexuality issues, or my daughter an unplanned teenage pregnancy they will feel able to approach the school counsellor, who will listen without judgement.