• Key Facts

    479 Counsellors on Placement worked in Place2Be schools across London as a result of funding from The Lord Mayor's Appeal

    They provided one-to-one counselling support to 1,547 children in London who completed counselling last academic year (2018/19)

    97% of school leaders are now more confident leading the implementation of a mentally healthy strategy in their school

George’s & Katie’s story

He could express his feelings

When George was eight, his dad Derek was diagnosed with a fatal disease. He stopped recognising people and became paranoid. The worse he got, the more aggressive he could be. George’s mum Katie realised that she could no longer leave George with him.

George was normally a calm boy but he started getting rough with other children in the playground. A teacher noticed something was wrong and recommended Place2Be.

Katie had Parent Counselling and it became a space for her to let out all her worries. George began booking chats with Place2Be before moving onto one-to-one counselling, where he could express his feelings through art. As his sense of safety grew, George began to talk more openly about his feelings and shared his sadness about his dad’s illness with his Place2Be counsellor.

George began booking chats with Place2Be before moving onto one-to-one counselling, where he could express his feelings through art.

Half a year after his diagnosis, Derek passed away. It was a really hard time for Katie and George, but Place2Be continued to support them, keeping their doors open and extending the counselling beyond the funeral. Drawing and talking in the Place2Be room helped George to cope. George is at secondary school now and things are still difficult, but Place2Be is there too so Katie knows he has somewhere to go if he struggles again.

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