Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins is requesting the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn to implement a policy that will assist in the safety and wellbeing of teenagers, by having all secondary schools books printed with suicide prevention and anti-bullying helpline information on their back covers.
Senator Higgins said that “Bullying and suicide are two issues which continue to persist across the country and unfortunately remain prevalent amongst teenagers. Helpline information needs to be easily accessible for those who need it the most.” She requested the Department Education to implement the initiative of including all suicide and anti-bullying helpline information, on the back covers of all secondary school books and manuals within present and future curriculum for secondary students, where appropriate. This info should contain the details for “Childline” and other relevant bodies.
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