Public high school students in Orange will be able to talk to mental health professionals about bullying, anxiety, stress and other concerns under a state government plan.
The government has pledged an $88 million statewide scheme to provide two full-time school counsellers or psychologists for every public high school in the state.
Nationals candidate for Orange Kate Hazelton said student well-being was vital.
"We have to normalise speaking up and seeking help when it comes to mental health and make sure our students know there is always someone they can turn to for support," she said.
"Keeping our kids safe and happy is always a top priority."
She said at least one of the two staff would be a psychologist.
At the moment with the drought teenagers need to be able to talk to someone.Kate Hazelton, Nationals candidate for Orange
"We want two full time counsellers in schools because teenagers need counselling," she said.
"At the moment with the drought teenagers need to be able to talk to someone."
Under the scheme up to 100 extra full-time school counsellers or pyschologists will be employed.
They will be able to refer students who need further help to mental health services.
"We know from teachers and principals, and the students themselves, what an impact this has on reducing stress and improving academic performance, as well as how much the students embrace the extra support," she said.
Deputy Premier and Regional NSW minister John Barilaro said it would allow experts to identify students who needed help early.
"With the ice epidemic and youth suicide being major issues in regional NSW, it is important our kids have access to life-saving support services no matter where they are," he said.
Mr Barilaro said the government would also partner with mental health organisations to assist school communities.
"It is critical that parents, teachers and students know there is always someone they can turn to for support," Mr Barilaro said.
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