Place2Be Mental Wellbeing
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with almost 30 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. We help children to explore their emotions and feel better about themselves through play, creative work and talking. Place2Be is there to help children find ways to cope, so their worries don’t get in the way of their friendships, their learning or how they feel about themselves.
“We believe that no child or young person should have to face mental health problems alone.”
What do parents and children think about Place2Be?
“When I feel worried, it’s like I’m in a maze and the people in Place2Be are coming with a torch and showing me the way” – Boy
“My daughter had become such a different person – one we didn’t recognise – but since counselling we see signs of our old loving daughter coming back.” – Parent
Our Place2Be Counsellor is Gemma. You can contact her by email:
GemmaHewitson@place2be.org.uk on a Tuesday and a Wednesday.
MESSAGE FOR PARENTS/CARERS from Place2Be:
Our school is now working with Place2Be, a national charity supporting schools to improve the confidence and wellbeing of children and young people. The service is run by our Mental Health Practitioner, Gemma, on a Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support to pupils, families and staff in more than 250 schools nationwide. It gives pupils a space to express themselves through talking and creative work, and to think about any worries they might have. Place2Be also provides support for parents and staff too.
One of the most popular aspects of this service is called ‘Place2Talk’. Place2Talk is open to all pupils, and they can make an appointment to spend 15 minutes with a trained counsellor, either by themselves or with a friend. On average, about a third of pupils in Place2Be’s schools take advantage of this service every year. Pupils often talk about friendships or any worries they may have. Place2Be will record your child’s name, date of birth, year group, gender, ethnicity, the broad topic of discussion and any actions taken as a result of the session. This information is stored securely. It is used in key coded form to evaluate Place2Be’s service and improve our work.
If you would like more information, please visit our website: Place2be.org.uk