Place2Be is the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.
We are really delighted to work in close partnership with this fabulous organisation in a range of ways. We commit to buying in their services two days per week so that we can offer specialist counselling services to children if they have experienced or are experiencing a very difficult time, but also so that an expert in Children’s Mental Health can support the wider work of our school. Miss Percy, our Headteacher, is also an advocate for the Charity and has promoted their work at a range of fundraising events – including the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Place2Be also use our school site and excellent practice to share with others so that they can see the importance and value of investing in such a life changing charity. We are very proud to have fostered a wonderful links with Place2Be and know that this puts us at the forefront of a significant National agenda. Ensuring children are mentally happy and fit is just as important as their physical health – and getting those right is essential for children to succeed academically. Below are some National statistics about why we should be taking mental health so seriously in our schools across the country and the need for early mental health support:
- One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. (1)
- Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14 years, and 75% has developed by the age of 18. (2)
- Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. (3)
- NHS England estimates that poor mental health costs the economy, NHS and society £105 billion a year in England (4)
- Source: Green h, McGinnity A, Meltzer h et al. (2005) Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britain, 2004. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
- Source: Murphy M and Fonagy P (2012). Mental health problems in children and young people. In: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012. London: Department of Health.
- Source: Collishaw, S., Maughan, B., Goodman, R., and Pickles, A. (2004) Time trends in adolescent mental health Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
- Source: NSPCC. How safe are our children? 2016
We welcome a film crew to record us for Place2Be’s promotional material. Dame Benny Refson DBE, Place2Be’s President also joined us in school.