March 30, 2015
Client of the Month - Place2Be
We’re highlighting Place2Be’s most recent campaign to encourage people to talk openly about children’s mental health.
Place2Be's vision is of a world where children grow up with prospects not problems.
Thousands of children in the UK go to school with much more than just a backpack on their shoulders. With three children in every classroom experiencing a mental health condition, providing support at an early age is more important than ever.
With 20 years' experience, Place2Be helps troubled children to cope with problems such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. By providing a unique counselling service which sits at the heart of primary and secondary schools, Place2Be helps children become happier, better behaved and more equipped to learn.
One of the children receiving Place2Be support told his counsellor "happiness.... you teach people how to be happy!"
A parent of a child who received one-to-one counselling from Place2Be said: "I am so happy to have my old son back; Place2Be has helped our entire family move on with our lives."
Children's Mental Health Week
On 16th February Place2Be launched the first ever UK Children's Mental Health Week. The aim of the week was to raise awareness of the benefits of getting children mental health support at the earliest possible opportunity, and to encourage parents to talk openly with children about their feelings and getting help.
Place2Be Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, recorded a special video message in support of the week, highlighting the importance of seeking help at the earliest possible opportunity.
"Through Place2Be I have seen the benefits of offering children support for their mental health in the safety of the school environment.
Both William and I sincerely believe that early action can prevent problems in childhood from turning into larger ones later in life."
HRH THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
Accessing help for children who are experiencing mental health issues can often be a very daunting prospect for parents. Place2Be conducted research which found that 30% of parents admit they would feel embarrassed if their child wanted counselling in school. Yet we know that children are likely to do better at school if their mental health problems are addressed early, and they are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life.
The time is now
The positive response to Children's Mental Health Week from media and the general public highlights a sea change in the level of interest and commitment to speaking openly about children's mental health - but the need for Place2Be's services is acute and growing every day.
Sign up and support
Each school day, thousands of children and parents tell us about the difficult challenges they face. With your support, we can be there for these children to help them make sense of the world and help build up their resilience to cope with life's problems. Whether it is £5 or £100, you will be making a lasting difference to the lives of children and families across the UK, helping them to grow up with prospects not problems.
A regular donation will help us to plan continued support for children and families who rely on our services.
You can donate to Place2Be by clicking here - www.place2be.org.uk/donate