“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
St Mary’s RC Primary School works with Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that helps pupils explore their emotions and feel better about themselves.
Children can go to the Place2Be room in school to express themselves by making art, playing or talking.
Why is Place2Be useful?
Sometimes children can feel particularly sad, confused, scared or angry.
Maybe something difficult happened at home, like losing a family member or parents separating. Or perhaps they’re struggling with something at school, like bullying.
This can make them behave differently, lose confidence in themselves or find it difficult to concentrate in class.
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.
What does Place2Be do?
Place2Be’s professionals work with children one-to-one or in small groups, giving regular support for pupils who need it.
Children can also book a short appointment to talk about any problems or worries they have – this is called Place2Talk.
How does Place2Be work with adults?
Place2Be provides support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more.
Place2Be always gets agreement from parents or carers before they support a child through one-to-one counselling. They also meet with parents or carers regularly to keep them updated and make sure they are involved from the start.
Laurence Metayer is our School Project Manager for Place2Be:
She is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and you can get in touch using Laurence.Metayer@place2be.org.uk,or by calling school on 01634 855783 If you want to find out more about Place2Be visit: place2be.org.uk
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Support Services for Mental Health
Young Minds Parents Helpline Tel: 0808 802 5544
Family Lives Helpline Tel: 0808 800 2222
General information on managing anxiety and looking after your mental health can be obtained from:
childline.org.uk The website has a calm zone with tips for reducing anxiety
Tel: 116 123 Email: Jo@samaritans.org
For Children Textlines and Helplines:
Shout, text CONNECT to 85285
Childline helpline Tel: 0800 1111