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As the pressure on children and young people turns into a rising tide of mental illness, with 1 in 10 children suffering from anxiety, stress and depression, Place2Be, our charity partner are now able to offer free access to its flagship programme over the next 2 academic years, thanks to your support.

The Mental Health Champions – School Leader  programme teaches and supports School Leaders to spot the signs of mental ill health and embed a strategy for creating mentally healthy schools. It is designed to be adaptable to each school’s individual context, with tailored support and opportunities to practice new skills.

Michael Goves, Assistant Principal at The Wellington Academy says: “From a leadership perspective a school can only thrive when relationships flourish. The positive mental health and well-being of students and staff are integral to this. The Place2Be offer should not be an afterthought, or wish list intervention, but a serious factor in a strategy to combat what is an increasing pressure on communities and schools.”

Place2Be’s Mental Health Champions programme has already had a marked impact on schools nationwide, and we want to ensure that schools in London are no different so, thanks to funding from The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, eligible schools in Greater London are able to make use of the training free of charge.

If your child could benefit from a Place2Be service in their school, you can direct the school to register their interest here.