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Making a lifetime of difference to children

Place2Be’s work has never been more important, with one in eight children and young people having a diagnosable mental health problem. 83% of young people with mental health conditions have found these have worsened during the pandemic.

Our funding has enabled Place2Be to train Mental Health Champions for over 180 schools in London and currently is funding Place2Think sessions giving staff a place to reflect with a Place2Be practitioner.

Place2Be: The impact of our work

Place2Be

Improving children’s 
mental health in schools

  • 100%

    100% of school leaders would recommend the Mental Health Champions Programme to a colleague.

  • 100%

    100% of school keaders felt they had partly or fully achieved their goals as a school Mental Health Champion.

  • 476

    476 Counsellors on Placement were recruited and trained in London.

How does it work?

How does it work

Place2Be’s work has never been more important, with one in eight children and young people having a diagnosable mental health problem.

This was before coronavirus swept the nation causing uncertainty, fear and loss in our communities. 83% of young people with mental health conditions have found these have worsened during the pandemic. 

When schools closed in March, Place2Be transformed its services – moving to a phone-based service to provide consistent and high-quality mental health support for children, young people and parents during lockdown.

The charity’s dedicated frontline teams delivered over 35,000 phone consultations throughout this time. Place2Be also provided free online mental health training for 3,300 teachers and partnered with leading digital providers to offer support including online counselling for young people.

“If you have problems or worries you get a chance to talk to a person you trust. When I grow up, I want to help children like Place2Be helps children.”

In recent months, our funding helped Place2Be support schools as they prepared for the new academic year in September, collaborating with them to transition safely back to delivering services in person, and retaining elements of remote support where needed. 

With support from The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Place2Be has provided transformational mental health training for 83 Head Teachers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to support their pupils’ emotional and mental health.

Our partnership also provided virtual Place2Think sessions for 66 teachers across London with more planned for 2021. These sessions have given staff a space to reflect with a Place2Be practitioner, focusing on the mental health needs of the whole school community and helped them to navigate the challenges of running a school at this difficult time.

  • 24,500

    83 School Leaders completed their Mental Health Champions School Leader Programme, reaching over 24,500 pupils

  • 100%

    100% of School Leaders would recommend the Mental Health Champions Programme to a colleague

  • 8,900

    66 teachers were supported through ‘Place2Think’ sessions reaching over 8,900 pupils

Alice & her son: read the case study

Alice & her son

“You’ve given me the strength I need to be proactive about this. I’m going to do something about it today.

Alice’s seven-year-old son had always had challenging behaviour, but after six weeks of lockdown the family was at breaking point. His meltdowns and angry outbursts were happening multiple times a day, and the usual respite provided by school was long forgotten.

Our call was an important opportunity for Alice to vent her frustrations and fears that things would not get better, but we also focused on thinking about her son’s triggers and strategies for dealing with the tantrums.

After a half an hour conversation, Alice had gained a real sense of empowerment.

I reminded her of how far she’s already come, and the resilience that she’s shown throughout the lockdown period.

As we ended the call, Alice thanked me and said “You’ve given me the strength I need to be proactive about this. I’m going to do something about it today.”

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