This Mental Health Awareness Week (8th – 14th May), children's mental health charity Place2Be is saying a very special thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery for helping to fund its parent counselling service.

Through its one-to-one parent counselling service, Place2Be helps parents facing personal challenges such as divorce, domestic violence, childhood abuse and bereavement. Place2Be also helps parents to feel more confident and better able to develop positive relationships with their children and the school.

Thanks to a generous grant of £100,000 from People's Postcode Trust, Place2Be is able to work with 38 schools in London and Greater Manchester, reaching a total of 130 parents through more than 1,000 counselling sessions.

Place2Be is the leading provider of school-based mental health services and works in 282 primary and secondary schools in the UK, building children's emotional resilience through talking, creative work and play.

As well as offering counselling to parents and carers, a team of trained counsellors are available for all of the pupils. This includes short sessions which children can book themselves during lunch and break times, and one-to-one sessions which are available to children with more serious needs. School staff are also offered advice on how to best support their pupils' emotional wellbeing.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Place2Be's parent counselling service is a hugely important element of its work to support the mental health and wellbeing of children. I'm so pleased that funding from our players, through People's Postcode Trust, is ensuring it can run the service and reach more parents and children."

Olivia Curno, Director of Fundraising at Place2Be, said, "In order to help improve emotional wellbeing for children it's really important that we are able to support their parents' mental health.

"This Mental Health Awareness Week we want to say a special thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery for helping us to reach parents who, in many cases, don't know where else to turn and urgently need someone to support them through challenging times."

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Place2Be recognises that parents' mental health has an impact on their children and provides counselling services for parents