Delivering mental health services to children, player-supported charity Place2Be reaches more than 280 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland, and Wales. The charity provides a lifeline for children facing challenges such as bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect, and trauma.
By intervening early, Place2Be helps children find a way forward so their problems don't grow with them. This support helps to build children's confidence and resilience, improving their wellbeing and ability to engage more successfully at school. Place2Be also trains school staff and counsellors to effectively support children's mental health.
Place2Be's vision is that children in all UK schools have access to high quality, effective, evidence-based mental health support. Support from our players is helping them to develop services and training programmes. This means even more children have access to vital mental health services in the safe space of their school community.
A child, aged 10, involved with the programmes provided their feedback and said, "Thank you for everything, I could talk to you whenever I was sad and you made me feel better about myself. I know I can do it now."
This week is Place2Be's flagship Children's Mental Health Week which this year is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds. Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing too.
Place2Be is calling on as many schools as possible to get involved and shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health. They have launched free resources for schools which are full of activities and ideas to help them explore what it means to be 'Healthy: Inside and Out' together during Children's Mental Health Week.