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Making magical moments for foster families

This Foster Care Fortnight is about celebrating those moments that define fostering journeys for children and their carers.

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The Young BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Derby

Children at Pear Tree Community Junior School were surprised with a Young BAFTA Roadshow visit on Friday.

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Creativity & Wellbeing Week – how can creativity improve children’s wellbeing?

Place2Be welcomes Creativity and Wellbeing Week’s initiative to raise awareness of ‘creative health’.

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Groundbreaking Westminster partnership to meet vital mental health needs

Place2Be are part of a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at empowering vulnerable women and young people in Westminster.

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Place2Be partners with the University of Stirling

Place2Be and the University of Stirling announce new partnership to help student teachers create mentally healthy classrooms.

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Rollout of much needed mental health support for children in Aberdeen

Place2Be now delivers a full-school service to 16 primary schools in the city.

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5 ways to get children moving for their mental health

Place2Be and The Daily Mile share tips on how to get children and young people moving for their mental health.

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The Daily Mile Foundation and Place2Be join forces to champion better mental health for children

The partnership will raise awareness of the link between regular physical activity and positive mental health outcomes.

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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Leeds

Children at Richmond Hill Academy in Leeds were surprised with a Young BAFTA Roadshow visit on Friday.

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Integrating spirituality within the workplace: tips for practitioners

Read Sukhi Sian's advice on how practitioners can help clients explore their faith and beliefs during therapy.  

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Place2Be announces Arts & Minds Gala featuring Alistair Petrie, Katie Melua and LUAP

The gala will bring together 200 guests for an evening to remember, and raise vital funds for children’s mental health.

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Training as a child counsellor in a Place2Be school

We sat down with Adele to learn more about her experience of training as a child counsellor with Place2be.

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Harlow MP sees impact of our embedded service during school visit

Robert Halfon visited Stewards Academy on Friday 19 April, gaining insight into how Place2Be’s service supports students.

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Staying cool and connected with my teens

Programme Leader for Family Work, Judah Racham, reflects on the challenges parents face when connecting with their teenagers.

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Carleen’s journey: training the next generation of child counsellors

We sat down with Carleen to learn about her counselling journey and what it’s been like training and working with Place2Be.

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New bursary scheme to remove financial barriers for prospective child counsellors

The bursaries will enable more people to train as counsellors, helping to grow the children's mental health workforce.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2024 raises over £68,000 for Place2Be

Schools, organisations, and individuals took part in Children's Mental Health Week, helping raise £68,000 for Place2Be.

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Celebrating the newest graduates of Place2Be's Postgraduate Diploma

The seventeen graduates recently gathered in London to celebrate earning their child counselling qualification.

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Talking to children and young people about war and conflict

Our advice on how to talk to children and young people about war, and support them if they’re struggling with the news.

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Our statement on our Royal Patron

We send our very best wishes to our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess of Wales, for a full recovery.

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A day in the life of a Place2Be Peripatetic Project Manager

Place2Be's Gail Samuels explains why the role is a crucial source of support and expertise to our schools across the UK.

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Young Carers Action Day: Charities release art project to support mental health of young carers

Place2Be's Art Room has teamed up with charities MYTIME and Credu to create an art resource for young carers nationwide.

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Arts4Us: Place2Be advising on newly-funded children's mental health project

A new Edge Hill University-led mental health project for children and young people has won £2.5m.

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Young people urge the Prime Minister to commit to long-term funding for in-school mental health services

Place2Be joined students from our partner school, Ark King Solomon Academy, calling for mental health support in schools.

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The impact of Place2Be’s whole-school service on pupils in Salford

One year into the Law Family Salford Research Programme, Area Manager Julia Barker looks at Place2Be's impact in schools.

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“My Voice Matters”: a look back at Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

This year, we encouraged children and young people to use their voices and share what matters to them during the Week.

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Mental health leaders call for more investment in school-based mental health support

In a joint letter to the Department of Health and Social Care, we're calling for investment in school-based support.

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Listening Louder, Beyond the Silence

Fiona Fearon, Policy and Projects Manager at NGA, speaks about the importance of adults listening earnestly to children.

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My Voice Matters: children express what matters to them

Pupils at Grangetown Primary School in Wales took part in some of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week class activities.

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My Voice Matters: young people on the internet, social media and mental health

In this blog for Safer Internet Day, young people share their thoughts on the internet, social media and mental health.

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55% of young people face barriers in accessing mental health support

New data released by Place2Be has revealed that 55% of young people say they face barriers in seeking mental health support.

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6 ways to support children with worries around schoolwork and exams

We’ve shared some tips on how to support children and young people with worries around schoolwork and exams.

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Schools alone can’t support children’s mental health

Policy experts: it's clear the government must invest in specialist provision to back up the good work being done by schools.

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Sesame Street’s Elmo encourages children to ‘Celebrate The Day’

In a video created for the week, Sesame Street character Elmo and Place2Be Ambassador YolanDa Brown celebrate the day.

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Content creator Amazing Arabella becomes a Place2Be Champion

Young presenter, content creator and lifestyle influencer ‘Amazing Arabella’ has become Place2Be's latest charity Champion.

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Children's Mental Health Week: Stars offer advice on how young people can use their voice

BAFTA Young Presenters sit down with film, TV, and sports stars to reflect on this year’s theme ‘My Voice Matters’.

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Place2Be’s free online training programme for schools now available in Welsh

Our free online Mental Health Champions - Foundation training programme for schools is available in Welsh.

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Here4You mental health broadcast launched for secondary and high schools

Place2Be is proud to be one of six charities collaborating on Here4You, a mental health broadcast hosted by Roman Kemp.

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The impact of Place2Be’s Family Practitioners: supporting parents and carers in Wales

We sat down with Carrie to learn more about the impact that Family Practitioners can have on the families and communities.

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A magical evening of ice skating raises over £300,000 in memory of Thomas Waley-Cohen

Place2Be and the Oxford Children's Hospital have benefited from a special event this December, raising more than £300,000.

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How the 'Race is Complicated' toolkit for anti-oppressive practice came to be and its future impact

Myira Khan shares her thoughts on the creation, impact and sustainability of the Race is Complicated Toolkit.

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Place2Be attends the Together at Christmas carol service

Place2Be was delighted to attend the Together at Christmas carol service hosted by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

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Place2Be raises over £117,000 at fourteenth annual Carol Concert

Place2Be proudly raises a record-breaking £117,200 at our annual Carol Concert.

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Beano and Place2Be join forces to support children’s mental health

Dennis, Gnasher, Minnie and all of Beanotown join forces with Place2Be to support children’s mental health

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The BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Harrow

BAFTA and Place2Be team up to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to Harrow.

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Place2Be Scotland passes the LGBTQ+ Charter at Gold level

Place2Be Scotland passed the LGBTQ+ Gold Mark Charter, a programme that helps organisations be LGBTQ+ inclusive.

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Being a Counsellor on Placement with Place2Be

Richard Kettley talks about his experience of being a Place2Be Counsellor on Placement.

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The Future of Mentally Healthy Classrooms: celebrating our partnership with Moray House

Last week, Place2Be and Moray House School hosted an event to celebrate our partnership of supporting student teachers.

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Eating Disorders in Children and Young People: a major public health concern

Clara Faria and Professor Tamsin Ford reflect on the impact of eating disorders on children and young people’s mental health.

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New report from NHS England shows increase in children experiencing mental health difficulties

Published today, the report reveals that 1 in 5 children and young people now have a probable mental health condition.

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The BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in North-West London

BAFTA and Place2Be team up to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to North-West London.

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Children's Mental Health Week 2024: resources available now

With just over 3 months until the week, we're excited to release our free resources to help everyone get involved.

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“My child doesn’t want to go to school” - supporting families with school attendance

Dr Sarah Sivers reflects on her own experiences and work supporting families with a child that does not want to go to school.

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What I learnt about child counselling whilst training with Place2Be

Ellie trained as a child counsellor with Place2Be. We sat down with her to learn more about her experience.

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Place2Be announces theme for Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

Place2Be wants all children and young people to be able to say – and believe - “My Voice Matters”.

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Mental health leaders call for continued local funding for suicide prevention

The UK's leading mental health organisations are calling for the renewal of local suicide prevention funding.

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The BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Wales

BAFTA and Place2Be team up to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.

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4 ways to support students with ADHD

Educational Psychologist, Julia Clements, talks about how schools can support students with ADHD in this demanding climate.

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Coalition launches toolkit to broaden diversity in the counselling sector

As part of the Coalition for Inclusion and Anti-Oppressive Practice, Place2Be launches the 'Race is Complicated' toolkit.

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Young Voices to support Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

Young Voices has selected Place2Be as its charity partner for another year, following two successful years of partnership.

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The BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Scotland

BAFTA and Place2Be team up to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to Aberdeen and Dundee.

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Place2Be launches new study into the long-term impact of school-based counselling on mental health

Place2Be research into the long-term impact of school-based counselling on mental health.

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Celebrating 10 years of our Royal Patronage

As we mark 10 years of Royal Patronage, Place2Be’s CEO Catherine Roche reflects on the impact of Her Royal Highness’ support.

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Kate's Story - a former head teacher who applied for a role at Place2Be

Former Head teacher, Kate Taylor, shares her experience of Place2Be, and why the charity inspired her to apply for a role.

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Place2Be partners with University of Glasgow to help student teachers create mentally healthy classrooms

Place2Be has begun a new five-year partnership with the School of Education at the University of Glasgow.

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Place2Be responds to new Scottish Government mental health strategy

We respond to the Scottish Government’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Scotland.

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10 tips to help your wellbeing this summer

Secondary students and researchers from the University of Cambridge share tips to improve your mental health over summer.

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Place2Be Scotland attends royal garden party in Edinburgh

Place2Be staff members in Scotland were delighted to attend a royal garden party at the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh. 

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Place2Be gives evidence to a new inquiry into school absences

Place2Be’s Head of Evaluation joined a roundtable on persistent absence as part of the Education Select Committee’s inquiry.

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Learning Disability Week 2023 - advice and resources

Place2Be welcomes and supports Mencap’s Learning Disability Week 2023.

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The end of a season

Place2Be’s Programme Leader for Family Work, Judah Racham, reflects on how end points are an important time for reflection.

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5 ways that schools can create safe spaces for everyone to ‘come as they are’

Place2Be colleagues in Scotland share some encouraging tips on how schools can create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.

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How Place2Be is supporting the LGBTQ+ community

In a blog to mark the start of Pride Month, we reflect on all Place2Be is doing to support the LGBTQ+ community.

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EXCLUSIONS ROUNDTABLE

Sector leaders unite in call for rethinking approach to reducing school exclusions

Place2Be hosted a cross-sector roundtable to discuss the impact of school exclusions.

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A statement from Place2Be on the Labour Health Manifesto

We respond to The Labour Party's new Health Manifesto, announced today.

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HMS Glasgow donates £2000 to Place2Be and forges links with two local partner schools

The crew of HMS Glasgow have chosen to support Place2Be and local partner schools, Holy Cross and Gowanbank.

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When to be worried about worrying: typical versus clinical anxiety

Experts from the University of Cambridge and Place2Be discuss the differences between typical and clinical levels of anxiety.

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6 ways to cope if you’re feeling anxious

Dr Julia Clements shares advice on how children and young people can cope in moments of feeling anxious.

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Managing the expectations and challenges of parenthood

Place2Be Clinician and Trainer, Karen Stocks, reflects on her own experience of parenthood.

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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in the North East

BAFTA and Place2Be team up to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to Seaham and Sunderland.

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Supporting the mental health of children and young people in Devon

After a generous funding offer, Place2Be have been able to extend our services in schools in North Devon.  

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 raises over £82,000 for Place2Be

Schools, organisations and individuals took part, organising Dress to Express Days, sponsored swims, bake sales and more.

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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Salford

BAFTA and Place2Be bring the roadshow to Lewis Street and Christ Church CE Primary Schools in Salford.

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Looking after the mental health of senior leaders

This excerpt from Place2Be's Staffroom shares advice on how to look after the mental health of senior leaders in your school.

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Place2Be launches new Level 4 Diploma in School-Based Child Counselling

The pioneering course will give students the opportunity to qualify as a child and young person’s counsellor in 12 months.

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Climbing the escalation mountain – managing outbursts and meltdowns

Clinical Lead, Cecilia, reflects on the challenge of coping with meltdowns, and her own experience as a parent.

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Supporting the mental health of children and young people in Wales

In a blog to mark St David’s Day, we reflect on our work in Wales over the past year, and our hopes for the year ahead.

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Schools and communities across the UK connect for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023

The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 was Let’s Connect, and we encouraged people to make meaningful connections.

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Welsh Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing visits Place2Be partner school

The Minister met with pupils and staff at the school to hear how they promote positive mental health and wellbeing. 

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Let’s Connect: the role of school connectedness in mental health

Charlotte Tripp, Jennifer Saxton and Professor Tamsin Ford of The University of Cambridge discuss school connectedness.

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Schools can’t be left to support children’s mental health alone

Place2Be and NAHT’s explore the role that schools play in supporting children’s mental health.

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Mental health leaders urge decision makers to prioritise children's mental health

In a letter to The Telegraph, Place2Be and leaders from across the sector call for decision makers to be ambitious.

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Let’s connect and support young people’s mental health

Our CEO shares how Place2Be hopes to tackle inequalities to better support young people's mental health.

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Stars from across film, TV and radio share top tips for kids and teens

BAFTA's Let's Connect series features BAFTA Young Presenters in conversation with stars from across TV, film, and radio.

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The Princess of Wales discusses the importance of connections

Place2Be's Royal Patron met with primary school children to discuss the importance of supporting children’s mental health.

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Are you ready for the Taskmaster Education Treasure Hunt?

Taskmaster Education’s Treasure Hunt for Children’s Mental Health Week kicks off on Monday 6 February.

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5 ways to support your child to make friends

Place2Be’s Programme Leader for Family Work, Judah Racham, shares some tips on how to support with children with friendships.

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78% of children who seek support feel anxious socially

New figures reveal that nearly 78% of young people supported by Place2Be have experienced anxiety in social situations.

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Young people open up on the impact of connections on their mental health

In exclusive interviews with Josh Smith, young people discuss the impact of Covid and social media on their mental health.

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How schools can take part in both Children’s Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day

Place2Be and Childnet share some ideas on how schools can take part in both campaigns in February.

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Supporting the mental health of children and young people with SEND

Dr. Julia Clements on how Place2Be supports the wellbeing of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Our three rights-based wishes for reforming SEND services in England

Professor Tamsin Ford and Jennifer Saxton of the University of Cambridge reflect on the recent SEND consultation.

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Supporting your child’s wellbeing during the school holidays

Dr. Julia Clements shares some simple tips and advice for making the most of the school holidays with your children.

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Scottish Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care visits Place2Be partner school

The Minister was welcomed to Balgreen Primary School in Edinburgh to learn first-hand the impact of Place2Be's support.

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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Birmingham

Children at Featherstone Primary School in Birmingham, were treated to a special BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be.

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Place2Be raises over £85,000 at thirteenth annual Carol Concert

Place2Be proudly raises a record-breaking £85,000 at our annual Carol Concert.

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New report from NHS Digital on prevalence of children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties

This year’s data suggests that the rising cost of living is taking its toll on children and young people’s mental health.

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Children and families attend BAFTA’s Children and Young People Festival

Children and their families from some of Place2Be’s partner schools celebrated BAFTA’s Children & Young People Festival.

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Mental health and poverty: mental health leaders call for more action to tackle the rising cost of living

In an open letter, we're calling on the Prime Minister to do more to tackle the cost of living crisis.

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"We owe it to our children to care for their mental wellbeing"

Staff at Knightsbridge School tell us about the impact their partnership with Place2Be has had for their pupils.

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Mental health in schools: Headteachers are crying out for help - and we must listen

Place2Be Chief Executive Catherine Roche hears about the challenges Head Teachers are currently facing.

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Place2Be and Hive Learning win at the 2022 Learning Technologies Awards

Our Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme won ‘Best learning technologies project - public & non-profit sector’.

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A statement from Place2Be on the Autumn Statement

A statement from Place2Be’s Chief Executive, Catherine Roche, on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement.

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Children visit GCHQ for a very special lesson

Children from St Margaret’s CofE Primary School had the rare opportunity to step inside the walls of GCHQ’s top secret base.

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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Cardiff

The BAFTA Roadshow in partnership with Place2Be, joined forces to bring their 2022 roadshow in Cardiff.

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“How am I supposed to learn if I feel like this?” - the mental health of our school community

Our CEO, Catherine Roche, writes about the mental health of our school community, and what the new academic year might bring.

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Children's Mental Health Week 2023: resources available now

With less than 3 months until the week, we're excited to release our free resources to help everyone get involved.

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Taskmaster Education partners with Place2Be for Children’s Mental Health Week

The partnership will get children across the country puzzle and problem solving during the week.

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Managing stress: school staff and Place2Be clinicians share their tips

We spoke to school staff and Place2Be clinicians about the different ways they manage stress and prioritise their wellbeing.

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Children celebrate the opening of their RHS Chelsea Flower Show wellbeing garden

The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden, in partnership with Sarasin & Partners has been relocated to Viking Primary School

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Using pupil voice to develop a mentally healthy school

Kristoffer Gray, Place2Be School Project Manager at Carrick Academy, on the importance of listening to pupil voice.

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Letter to the PM: Suicide and self-harm prevention in the Online Safety Bill

We're urging the Prime Minister to ensure that the regulation of harmful content is retained in the Online Safety Bill.

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Promoting wellbeing to a new generation of teachers in Scotland

Kathleen Forbes, Place2Be Consultant Clinician at the University of Edinburgh, on promoting wellbeing to student teachers

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Place2Be announces theme for Children's Mental Health Week 2023

This year's theme, Let's Connect, is about making meaningful connections for all.

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‘What’s the problem?’ – problem-solving as a parent

Judah Racham reflects on the challenges of dealing with everyday disputes that happen with children.

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Donna's Story - creating a mentally healthy school

Donna Thomas, a Lead Trauma Informed Practitioner, celebrates her colleagues who promote a mentally healthy school.

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Ricky Martin becomes an Ambassador for Place2Be

Creative Director, Film Maker and Presenter Ricky Martin has become Place2Be’s newest Ambassador. 

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Place2Be – where are we now?

Julia Mills and Alan Miller share an update Place2Be's work to become a more equal, diverse and inclusive organisation.

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Place2Be responds to Scottish government's consultation on mental health and wellbeing

We respond to the Scottish government’s public consultation on mental health and wellbeing.

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Place2Be launches new study in Salford into impact of whole school approach

Place2Be announce Law Family Salford Research Programme, a study to assess impact of Place2Be’s services on the whole school.

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Supporting the children, families, and schools of Salford

Andrew Law of the Law Family Charitable Foundation reflects on why they’ve chosen to support Place2Be.

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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be launches in Dundee

We've teamed up with BAFTA to relaunch the BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be, visiting three primary schools in Dundee.

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“We need to break the stigma” – Michelle West on having open conversations about suicide

Michelle West, co-founder of the Sam West Foundation, on how to recognise and approach those experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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Supporting your child when someone well-known dies

When somebody famous dies, it can be difficult to know how to support children and young people through that loss.

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Our statement on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Place2Be's statement following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

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Bridging the gap: building the children’s mental health workforce

Sarah Houghton discusses building the children’s mental health workforce and training new child counsellors.

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Citi's 10th e for education campaign to support Place2Be

Place2Be is delighted to have been selected as one of thirteen charities to benefit from Citi’s ‘e for education’ campaign.

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Mental health leaders: "supporting those on the lowest incomes is imperative right now"

Leaders of the UK's leading mental health organisations have penned an open letter to the current and future Prime Minister.

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Over 100 professionals join event to mark the launch of new Pro Bono Economics Report

Our online event illustrated the importance and long-term benefits of Place2Be’s work in schools.

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Children’s mental health can’t wait for a new government

The crisis at the top of government can't be a distraction from a crisis in children's mental health, says Catherine Roche.

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"Art is a superpower" - Xavier Leopold on how creativity unlocks our emotions 

This Children’s Art Week Xavier Leopold, a self-taught artist, writes about what he has learnt from art as a creative outlet.

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Place2Be responds to government consultation on mental health and wellbeing

We respond to the Government’s public consultation on mental health and wellbeing.

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A statement from Place2Be on the new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines

Our Chief Executive Officer reacts to the release of the new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines.

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School Senior Mental Health Leads – what do we know so far?

Marina Smith takes a look at our first year delivering the Senior Mental Health Leads programme.

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Every £1 spent on Place2Be support for primary school children generates £8 in benefits to society

Place2Be’s counselling service generates £8 in benefits for every £1 spent, according to a new study by Pro Bono Economics.

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Supporting the mental health of LGBTQ+ young people

LGBTQ+ young people experience poor mental health at a disproportionate rate. Find out how you can better support them.

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Place2Be celebrates children, adults and schools going above and beyond for mental health

The winners of Place2Be's Wellbeing in Schools Awards were announced in a special ceremony at the BAFTA.

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Rebecca shares the story of her fundraising internship at Place2Be

Rebecca is now a permanent member of our fundraising team after completing Place2Be's Fundraising Internship. Read her story.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 raises over £208,000 for Place2Be

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the week and helped raise over £208,000 for Place2Be.

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Place2Be attends mental health roundtable at No10 Downing Street

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Nurturing and supporting the mental wellbeing of our young people

Our Ambassador Kate Silverton joined pupils from Viking Primary School at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Children celebrate their new school wellbeing garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Pupils from Viking Primary School joined broadcaster & author Kate Silverton to celebrate their new school wellbeing garden.

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We’ve got to join the dots between home and school

Sahir Permall, Director for Scotland, on the importance of communities coming together to keep the child at the centre.

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£1 million pledged to transform mental health in Devon Schools

A new Fund, launched in memory of Juliet Garmoyle, aims to transform children’s mental health support in Devon.

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The loneliness of parenting: one parent’s perspective

Place2Be’s Programme Leader for Family Work reflects on the loneliness and isolation of parenting, and shares his advice.

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Place2Be shortlisted in Charity Awards 2022

Our Mental Health Champions programme has been shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2022.

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New research paper: From a child who is a problem to a child who has a problem

Dr. Kati Toth and Dr. Niki Cooper share the findings of our new study with the University of Cambridge.

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In-school mental health support can reduce school exclusions

A new study has found that school-based mental health interventions may positively influence educational engagement.

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A statement from Place2Be on the UK government’s new mental health and wellbeing plan

Place2Be welcomes the chance to submit evidence to inform the Government’s new 10-year plan to improve mental health.

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Schools white paper – a missed opportunity

Our Policy and Public Affairs Manager reflects on the government's recently published white paper on schools.

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A statement from Place2Be on the UK conversion therapy ban

Place2Be responds to the UK government's announcement that it will proceed with a legislative ban on conversion therapy.

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Headteachers need support too

Place2Be trainer Bernadette Cahill reflects on her work with school leaders, and the challenges that many of them face.

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MP for Streatham visits Place2Be partner school Harris Academy Clapham

This Children’s Mental Health Week, Harris Academy Clapham and Place2Be hosted a visit for Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP.

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Place2Be gives evidence to the Education Select Committee

During Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, Catherine Roche gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee.

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Look back at Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

This years' theme was Growing Together, and we explored the different ways that we can grow, and help others to do so too.

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Five hopes for children's mental health

Professor Tamsin Ford and Dr Ariadna Albajara Saenz share their hopes for improving children’s mental health.

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Wellbeing Well: how primary school pupils look after their wellbeing

Some pupils took part in our 'Wellbeing Well' activity and shared the different ways they look after their wellbeing.

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The joy of plants

Place2Be Champion and horticulturalist, Jamie Butterworth, reflects on his own growth for Children's Mental Health Week.

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Growth through adversity

Place2Be Counsellors Angelica McMillan and Marjorie Reid reflect on supporting a school community after the Grenfell Fire.

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5 ways to grow with your child

Judah Racham, Place2Be’s Family Lead, shares his advice on growing, learning and adapting, as parents as carers.

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The Duchess of Cambridge to read CBeebies Bedtime Story for Children’s Mental Health Week

Place2Be's Royal Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, is to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.

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Line-ups for Children's Mental Health Week 2022 virtual assemblies revealed

We've teamed up with BAFTA Kids to create two virtual assemblies for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 - Growth Stories available now

In exclusive interviews with Place2Be Ambassador Josh Smith, familiar faces from TV, music and sport share their stories.

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Running Together, Growing Together 

In this blog, Cecilia Corbetta shares a personal story about the ways in which she and her child are growing together.

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Broadcaster Kate Silverton becomes a Place2Be Ambassador

Renowned broadcaster, author and children’s mental health advocate Kate Silverton has joined Place2Be as an Ambassador.

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Place2Be highlights the importance of early intervention to the Times Education Commission

Place2Be emphasised the crucial need to act early on children’s mental health to a panel of leading experts.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden to promote children’s mental health

The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden will offer a safe space where children can take time and talk.

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My journey with Place2Be - Rebecca's Story

Through Art Therapy, Rebecca realised the difference she could make in children's lives across Scotland.

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2 months to go - add yourself to our Children's Mental Health Week map!

Share how you’re getting involved and inspire others by adding yourself to our interactive Children's Mental Health Week map.

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Place2Be raises over £52,000 at twelfth annual Carol Concert

This year’s event was hosted at Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square, and live-streamed so viewers across the UK could join.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022: Welsh resources available now

Our free resources are now available in Welsh to help schools and youth groups across Wales take part in the week.

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UK school children’s pandemic memories preserved in historic Time Capsule

The memories of school children’s lives during the Covid-19 pandemic are preserved for the nation at BAFTA's headquarters.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2022: resources available now

We're excited to release our free resources to help everyone get involved in Children's Mental Health Week 2022.

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Covid-19 and Children and Young People’s Mental Health: where are we now?

Alex Hartley, Lauren Cross and Professor Tamsin Ford of the University of Cambridge on the mental health impacts of Covid-19.

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Inappropriate content: helping your child to stay safe

Our advice on speaking to children about online safety, and supporting them if they see inappropriate or upsetting content.

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‘Thank God I Had Therapy Yesterday’ – Deb’bora’s story

Deb'bora Imani is an instrumental figure in Place2Be's history. In this guest blog, she shares her story.

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Join our Secondary Teacher and Parent Panels

We're looking for volunteers to join our panels and help improve mental health support for young people in secondary schools.

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Place2Be announces theme for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

The theme for next year's Children's Mental Health Week is 'Growing Together'.

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Striking a balance - parenting in the 21st century

Place2Be’s Programme Leader for Family Work, Judah Racham, reflects on the challenges of being a parent.

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Half of parents left feeling overwhelmed and isolated during pandemic

Place2Be surveyed parents of primary-aged children ahead of the launch of our new parenting advice site, Parenting Smart.

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Place2Be receives DfE assurance for Senior Mental Health Leads training programme

The Department for Education has quality assured training for Senior Mental Health Leads across England.

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Citi's e for education campaign to support Place2Be

Place2Be has been selected as one of thirteen charities to benefit from Citi’s 9th Annual ‘e for education’ campaign.

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Celebrating 20 years of Place2Be in Scotland

This year marks 20 years since Place2Be first started working with schools in Scotland.

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Supporting your child after the death of a loved one

Place2Be School Project Manager, Husna Rahman, shares her experience of supporting her child through the loss of a loved one.

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New report from the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network

The report highlights issues in support services for children's mental health services.

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Ceri's story - overcoming anxiety at school

Place2Be’s Area Manager for South Wales, Emma Bell, shares a recent story of Place2Be’s impact in one of our partner schools.

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Rhys Stephenson becomes an Ambassador for Place2Be

TV presenter Rhys Stephenson, best known as the face of children’s TV channel CBBC, has become Place2Be’s newest Ambassador.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – the journey so far

Place2Be's CEO, Catherine Roche, reflects on her personal and organisational learnings and progress over the past year.

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How to support a child or young person who is self-harming

Rebecca Wilkinson-Quinn offers some practical ways in which parents and carers can support a child who may be self-harming.

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New report uncovers the mental health struggles of young British Muslims

The report, launched today, highlights the obstacles faced by young Muslims in their battle to maintain their mental health.

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Place2Be and BAFTA Kids win the Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts Award

We are delighted to have been presented the Action for Children's Arts Outstanding Contribution to Children's Award 2021.

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London MPs visit Heathmere Primary School to discuss children’s wellbeing

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Fleur Anderson visited Heathmere Primary School to learn more about Place2Be’s work in schools.

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Men’s Health Week – it’s time to lose the ‘angry boy’ label

We reflect on the needs of boys who access Place2Be’s services – and what we can do to better support boys’ mental health.

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Place2Be, BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy launch 2021 Schools Time Capsule

This new project is an opportunity for children and young people across the UK to reflect on life during the pandemic.

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Place2Be presents evidence to House of Lords Public Services Committee

This week, Place2Be presented evidence on the role of public services in addressing child vulnerability.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 shortlisted for the Purpose Awards

Place2Be is delighted to have been shortlisted for NGO Best Health Cause Campaign at the 2021 Purpose Awards.

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What do we need to know to have fruitful race conversations?

Guest blog from Eugene Ellis, founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN).

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Place2Be’s mental health support in school has long-term benefit

Findings from a University of Exeter and University of Cambridge study finds support has long-term benefits for young people.

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Longer-term effects of school-based counselling in UK primary schools

Jemma White, Place2Be's Evaluation Manager, shares the findings of our study with University of Exeter and University of Cambridge.

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Taking the Place2Be approach into youth clubs

Liz Bailey reflects on our partnership with Onside Youth Zones over the past 18 months and working through a global pandemic.

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50,000 UK teachers and school staff access Place2Be’s mental health training

Staff from more than 13,800 schools have now taken part in our Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme.

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Place2Be backs The #ParentsPromise

We're proud to be part of this new campaign to support children and young people impacted by parental separation.

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Promoting good mental health for children through nature

James Emmett, Regional Clinical Lead for Midlands and North, shares his tips for Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Scottish Voices – Headteachers reflect on the return to school

Jacqueline Cassidy, Director for Scotland and Wales, spoke to Headteachers in Scotland about the return to school.

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How to support your child through a separation or divorce

Cecilia Corbetta, Regional Clinical Lead, shares her advice on supporting children through a separation or divorce.

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Black Lives Matter - statement from Place2Be

A statement from Place2Be's CEO on the Derek Chauvin trial verdict, and our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Looking behind the behaviour – how children communicate

In an extract from the Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme, we explore how children communicate with behaviour.

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Stress Awareness Month - it's time to look after yourself

Our free online training will help teachers and school staff to support their pupils, and their own, mental health.

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Supporting autistic students as they return to school

Julia Clements shares her advice on how to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of autistic students.

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Lemn Sissay becomes an ambassador for Place2Be

Place2Be is excited to announce that writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay has become our newest Ambassador.

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For now, being ‘good enough’ can be a consolation

Rebecca Wilkinson-Quinn, Place2Be's Regional Clinical Lead for Scotland and Wales, reflects on parenting during the pandemic.

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Place2Be presents evidence to House of Commons

Our Chief Executive presented evidence on the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental health.

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Mentally Healthy Schools launches resources for secondary schools and FE colleges

The mental health hub for schools has expanded its offer to include resources for secondary schools and FE colleges.

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John Swinney celebrates University of Edinburgh and Place2Be partnership to support mental health

The partnership will help strengthen student teachers’ understanding, skills and knowledge around mental health.

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Invest in prevention rather than cure say mental health charity leaders

Place2Be and other leading charities write to the Evening Standard for a focus on children and young people’s mental health.

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How parents and carers can support children's mental health and wellbeing

Place2Be Trustee Professor Stephen Scott CBE writes about how parents and carers can support their children’s mental health.

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“I Express Myself Through…” – virtual sessions on creative expression

A series of free virtual sessions led by experts and familiar faces across acting, art, content creation, dance and writing.

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Watch our Children’s Mental Health Week assembly

Watch our virtual assembly with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy, featuring pupils and some famous faces.

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The Duchess of Cambridge sends message to mark Children’s Mental Health Week

Watch our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s video message to mark the start of the Children’s Mental Health Week.

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Billy Ocean and Young Voices choir release charity single for Place2Be

Pop icon Billy Ocean and the Young Voices Choir have released a new recording of the Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lovely Day’.

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Place2Be and The Evening Standard launch Young London SOS

The new partnership looks to address ‘the hidden mental health crisis of the Covid generation’.

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Mental health leaders: "support of frontline workers must be a national priority"

Leaders of the UK's leading mental health organisations, including Place2Be, have penned an open letter to frontline workers.

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Porsche Cars GB partners with Place2Be

Porsche Cars GB have announced the launch of a long-term partnership with Place2Be to improve children’s mental health.

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PESI and Place2Be announce online conference for Children’s Mental Health Week

The conference will bring esteemed speakers and world-renowned experts together to discuss ‘Creativity as a Healing Tool’.

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3 things I didn't expect to learn about child counselling

Professional footballer and Place2Be champion Ryan Edwards writes about his experience of attending one of our Taster Days.

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Children’s Mental Health Week virtual assembly – with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy

Children’s Mental Health Week assembly with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy

Place2Be has teamed up with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy to create a virtual assembly for schools and families.

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Priority vaccination of teachers and staff in schools – statement

Place2Be is calling for all staff working in schools to be prioritised in the next phase of the Covid vaccination programme.

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Reflecting on an unprecedented term

Lauren Cross and Professor Tamsin Ford of the University of Cambridge on how this term has impacted children's mental health.

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6 ways to support children’s mental health this winter

Julia Clements, Principal Educational Psychologist, shares her advice for supporting children's mental health this winter.

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Add yourself to the Children's Mental Health Week map

Share how you’re getting involved with Children's Mental Health Week 2021, and inspire others around the UK to take part.

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Counselling for children in a pandemic

Niki Cooper, Place2Be's Clinical Director, writes for Counselling Directory

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The reality of going back to school during a pandemic

Jacqueline Cassidy, Director for Scotland writes for The Scotsman.

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The Duchess of Cambridge unveils 5 findings of biggest ever study on the early years

The research reveals what the UK thinks about the early years, and explores how COVID-19 has impacted parents and carers.

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Place2Be’s Art Room team launch project in collaboration with WWF

The Growth project provides a supportive space to think about and explore children’s feelings through creativity and nature.

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5 ways to boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem

To mark Anti-Bullying Week, one of our Regional Clinical Leads shares their tips for boosting children’s confidence.

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Place2Be partners with University of Edinburgh

The partnership will help student teachers understanding, skills and knowledge around children’s mental health.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2021: resources available now

We're excited to share our free resources for Children's Mental Health Week 2021 - available to all who wish to get involved.

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New report from NHS Digital shows sharp increase in children experiencing mental health difficulties

The new report looks at how the mental health of children and young people in England has changed since 2017.

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Young Voices launches Guinness World Record attempt – The Biggest Sing

On 2 February 2021 children across the UK will sing along with music legend Billy Ocean to help raise funds for Place2Be.

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How mental health charities are responding to the pandemic

A new briefing from Centre for Mental Health summarises the activities of 17 mental health organisations, including Place2Be.

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Place2Be announces theme for Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

Place2Be has announced the theme for next year’s Children's Mental Health Week: Express Yourself.

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Josh Smith becomes an ambassador for Place2Be

Presenter and Journalist Josh Smith, has become our newest charity ambassador.

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Scottish Government funds Place2Be support across Scotland

It forms part of a £1.5 support package to help schools in Scotland manage pressures caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Citi's e for education campaign to support Place2Be

Place2Be are delighted to have been selected as one of ten charities benefitting from Citi's annual e for education campaign.

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Prioritising children's mental health as they return to school

Former teacher and current Research Assistant at the University of Cambridge, Lauren Cross, writes a guest blog for Place2Be.

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Place2Be launches Mental Health Champions - Foundation Programme

The free online training will be available for 50,000 teachers across the UK.

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Lessons from New Zealand on returning to school in the 'new normal'

Dr Fiona Pienaar, Senior Clinical Advisor at Shout, shares her experiences of returning to school after lockdown.

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Charities Against Hate: bringing positive change to social platforms

In July, Place2Be joined 37 other charities to address hate speech on social media. Read our updated statement.

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“The value of the phone calls is more than I ever expected”

Emma Bell, Area Manager for Cardiff, reflects on the experience of supporting parents, children and families during lockdown.

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Return to school is going to come with a huge challenge for children

Jonathan Wood, Place2Be's Head of Service for Scotland East, writes for The Scotsman.

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Sophie Dahl becomes an ambassador for Place2Be

Bestselling author and writer Sophie Dahl, has become Place2Be’s newest charity ambassador.

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"My placement was life changing and led to me working with children."

Cecilia Corbetta, Regional Clinical Lead, started her career at Place2Be on a placement. She reflects on her journey.

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How Scotland’s public health approach to tackling violence is reaping rewards

Journalist & Place2Be trainee Kate Silverton shares insights from her Panorama report on Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit.

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Robert Halfon joins virtual roundtable with students

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and chair of the Education Committee visited Stewards Academy in Essex.

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UK charities come together to address hate speech on social media

We've joined 37 other charities to address hate speech on social media.

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Teachers need support too - Professor Rowena Arshad

Professor Rowena Arshad, Head of Moray House School of Education at University of Edinburgh writes for The Scotsman.

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Talking to children about race and discrimination

We share some resources you may find useful when talking with children and young people about race and discrimination.

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Young Voices and Place2Be team up to support children’s mental health

Young Voices has selected Place2Be as its official charity for Young Voices’ 25th anniversary concert series

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Conversations about race

Place2Be's Clinical Director writes about the importance of having proper - sometimes difficult – conversations about race.

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Covid-19 is making mental health inequalities worse. Government must act now to close the gap.

Covid-19 could widen mental health inequalities for a generation

Centre for Mental Health has published a new report on mental health inequalities, supported by 12 mental health charities.

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The Duchess of Cambridge to lead virtual assembly on kindness

Place2Be’s royal patron will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy tomorrow (Thursday 18 June).

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Supporting young carers’ mental health

Place2Be look at how we can support young carers who may be feeling extra pressure due to the pandemic.

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Looking after yourself is essential not optional

Professor Tamsin Ford explains why it is so important that teachers look after their mental and physical health.

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Returning to school after a crisis: a personal reflection

As some schools prepare to welcome back more children, Julia Clements draws on her personal experience dealing with a crisis.

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Open letter to Government on children's mental health during lockdown

We've joined more than 30 organisations to write to Government, calling for a recovery plan for young people’s mental health.

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Lucy Alexander on the impact of kindness

Place2Be ambassador Lucy Alexander explores the impact of kindness for Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Celebrating kindness in Place2Be schools

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Place2Be staff nominated individuals in their schools to receive a Place2Be Kindness Cup.

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Win a signed Sex Education hoodie

Calling all fans of Netflix hit series, Sex Education! Win a limited edition hoodie signed by the cast.

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Common worries for young people and families during COVID-19 pandemic

A survey of Place2Be's mental health professionals reveals common themes raised by young people & parents during check-ins.

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Coronavirus: Place2Be check-ins provide vital support

Rebecca Wilkinson-Quinn, Place2Be Service Manager in Scotland writes for The Scotsman.

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Coronavirus: Helping children to process loss

Paula Nagel explores feelings of loss that may be caused by school closures and ways to support children through them.

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Award a virtual Kindness Cup for Mental Health Awareness Week

We've launched our new virtual kindness cups to celebrate the acts of kindness taking place across our school communities.

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Coronavirus: how are young people coping?

Our CEO writes for the NHS Confederation about the impact of coronavirus on children's mental health.

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Why children's mental health always comes first

Guest blog by primary headteacher & BBC Bitesize Starting Primary School ambassador Dave McPartlin.

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Q&A with BBC Radio 1 DJ Katie Thistleton

Place2Be Ambassador Katie answers questions from children on coronavirus, CBBC and her childhood.

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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank teachers

TRH thanked teachers and school staff for their dedication in a videocall.

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Place2Be add extra digital support tools

These digital tools can be used to support children and young people's mental health.

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Coronavirus: learning from teens when it comes to dealing with change

Sarah Haywood, Place2Be School Project Manager writes for The Scotsman.

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Launching BAFTA Kids at Home with Place2Be

BAFTA Kids have enlisted some famous faces to help inspire children and keep families entertained.

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Coronavirus: supporting children who may be especially vulnerable

Place2Be's Principal Educational Psychologists share some ways to support children who are especially vulnerable.

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Coronavirus: Place2Be support for children, families and schools

An update on how are working to ensure support children and young people.

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Coronavirus: updates from Place2Be

Tips, advice, and updates on how to access our services.

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Coronavirus: looking after your mental health at home

Advice from Place2Be for families staying at home during school closures.

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Coronavirus: talking to pupils about closures

Surrey Square Primary School share a script for how they're telling pupils about school closures.

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Coronavirus: getting in touch with Place2Be

Information on how to get in touch with Place2Be. We will continue to update this as circumstances change.

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Duchess of Cambridge hosts Gala Dinner for 25th anniversary of Place2Be

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a Gala Dinner at Buckingham Palace to celebrate our 25th year.

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Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children

We share some tips and resources to help ease you and your child's worries about coronavirus.

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How being brave boosts children's mental health

Sally Izon, Place2Be School Project Manager, shares her tips for helping children to share their worries.

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Headteachers raise over £100,000 for Place2Be

Twenty Heads kayaked, cycled and hiked from ‘dawn ‘til dusk’ to support Place2Be.

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Place2Be host free Counselling Workshops

100 people participated in 3 locations across the UK and Scotland.

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Place2Be secures funding from new partner Morgan Stanley

The new grant is to enable Place2Be to expand its reach in London.

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Scottish Mental Health Minister visits Craigroyston Primary School to discuss children’s mental health

Clare Haughey visited Carigroyston Primary School as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.

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Teaching resilience skills can support teenager's mental health

University of Cambridge guest blog for Children's Mental Health Week.

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Sale Sharks and Place2Be launch new 'Find Your Brave' programme

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Sharks Community Trust and Place2Be are launching the new community programme.

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A letter to my 11-year-old self…

Josh Smith, Celebrity and Entertainment Director of GLAMOUR UK, writes to his 11-year-old self.

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South Shields pupil takes to the red carpet to ask celebrities how they 'Find their Brave'

Brandon took to the BAFTA red carpet to ask children, head teachers and celebrities how they 'Find their Brave'.

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Four initiatives that have helped to support our pupils’ mental health

Headteacher Enid Lewis shares four ways her school supports the mental health of staff and pupils.

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HRH DUCHESS CAMBRIDGE CMHW 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge supports Children’s Mental Health Week

Our Royal Patron shares a message of support to help launch Children’s Mental Health Week.

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Place2Be's CEO launches Children's Mental Health Week

Catherine Roche launches Children's Mental Health Week.

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Place2Be and NAHT release joint research

The research was conducted as part of Children's Mental Health Week.

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Place2Be's President Speaks to The Pivotal Podcast

Dame Benny Refson DBE discusses children's mental health with podcast aimed at teachers and school staff.

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Get involved with Children's Mental Health Week!

Support to help us raise awareness of the importance of children and young people's mental health.

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No child left behind this Christmas

Place2Be and crisis text line Shout are leaving no child behind this Christmas period.

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Mrs Hinch raises over £30,000 for Place2Be

Instagram sensation Mrs Hinch has donated over £30k to Place2Be from her merchandise sales.

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CAROL2020

Over £50,000 raised at Place2Be's Carol Concert

This year we raised over £50,000, enabling us to support even more children across the UK.

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Evaluating School Counselling

Dr Fiona Pienaar looks at the impact of school-based counselling through evaluating client feedback.

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Place2Be and Onside Youth Zones announce collaboration

HRH The Duke of Sussex announced the partnership, funded by the Lord Mayor's Appeal.

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Place2Be mascots lead out England footballers

Place2Be pupils joined the England football team to help kick off their match against Montenegro.

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Celebrations at HSJ Awards

Place2Be Cluster Manager, Angelica McMillan, reflects on our evening at HSJ Awards.

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Place2Be takes part in the Lord Mayor's Show

William Russell, Place2Be Trustee was invested as London's Lord Mayor as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

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Interview with Lord Mayor of London, William Russell

An Interview with William Russell, Place2Be Trustee and incoming Lord Mayor of London about his new role.

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Place2Be 'Highly Commended' at HSJ awards

Place2Be was honoured to be 'Highly Commended' in the Mental Health Provider of the Year category.

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Wembley school visited by BAFTA Kids Roadshow

BAFTA Kids Roadshow with Place2Be visits Park Lane Primary School.

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Children's Mental Health Week theme announced

Place2Be has announced the theme for Children's Mental Health Week 2020: Find your Brave

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Supporting children and families in Wales for ten years

Place2Be has been supporting children and young people's mental health in Wales for ten years.

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Welsh Education Minister, Kirsty Williams at anniversary event in Wales

Welsh Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, joined Place2Be at the tenth anniversary event in Wales.

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BAFTA Kid's Roadshow visits Birmingham and Leeds

This week the BAFTA Kids Roadshow with Place2Be visited schools in Birmingham and Leeds.

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BAFTA Kids hits the road to Scotland

BAFTA Kids Roadshow with Place2Be visits schools in Edinburgh and North Ayrshire

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Secondary school transition – it’s good to talk

Place2Be Ambassador Katie Thistleton explores how we can help children transition into secondary or high school.

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Duchess of Cambridge installs her garden joined by children from Place2Be

The garden was installed at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley, as part of ‘Back to Nature Festival’.

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Ruth Davidson Place2be School Visit Mental Health

Ruth Davidson discusses children's mental health at Tynecastle School

The MSP for Edinburgh Central visited a Place2Be school today for a discussion about children and young peoples mental health

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News 17 The Good Childhood Report 2019

The Children’s Society's new Good Childhood report

The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood report studies the state of children’s wellbeing in the UK.

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Hsj Awards Mental Health Provider Of The Year Place2be

Place2Be shortlisted in Health Service Journal Awards

Place2Be is thrilled to be shortlisted in the Mental Health Provider of the Year category.

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Sale Sharks Partnership Place2be

Sale Sharks and Place2Be's new charity partnership

The Premiership Rugby Union club picked Place2Be as their charity partner this year.

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Place2Be joins The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at The King’s Cup

Place2Be competed against seven other charities, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the sailing regatta.

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Counsellors in schools will be a big help – The Scotsman

Summer holidays should be a chance to recharge and unwind. Not for Karen.

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1 In 20 Schools Manchester Mental Health Support

Greater Manchester schools to receive mental health support

Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges has grown from 64 to 125 schools, colleges and pupil referral units.

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News 21 Centre For Mental Health Place2be Responds

Place2Be's response to Centre for Mental Health's new research

Catherine Roche, CEO, responds regarding commissioning voluntary and community mental health organisations.

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Place2Be responds to Scottish Government's recommendations

Jonathan Wood, Head of Service at Place2Be responded to the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce's recommendations.

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Stewards Academy marks 10 years of Place2Be

This week, Stewards Academy in Harlow celebrated 10 years of Place2Be services in their school.

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Place2Be pupils explore 'Back to Nature Garden'

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge met six pupils from Hampton Hill Junior as they explored her Back to Nature Garden.

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Young people want both in person and digital mental health support

New research by Place2Be found most children and young people turn to family members for emotional support.

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News 9 Prime Minister Teacher Training Mental Health

PM calls for teacher training to cover mental health

The Prime Minister has unveiled a plan for teacher training in England to include mental health.

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Masculinity and child counselling: my journey

Jonathan shares his experience around masculinity and child counselling.

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Blog7 Early Intervention Mental Health Children

The case for early intervention

Place2Be Chief Executive Catherine Roche breaks down the importance of early intervention

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Shout Crisis Messenger Text Line

'Shout' text messaging helpline launches

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launch Shout text helpline.

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Bafta School Roadshow with Place2Be and Rosslyn Park students

BAFTA Kids Roadshow with Place2Be returns for a 3rd year!

Keep up to date with our travels around England, Scotland and Wales.

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The Wellbeing in Schools Awards 2019

Place2Be held a special ceremony celebrating the special individuals helping innovate support for mental health in their schools.

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Play: A Language for Children

Counsellor on Placement, Jess, tells the story of working with Adam and how a toy car taught her the power of play.

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Scotsman Lack Mental Health Training Classroom

Lack of training in mental health a concern in the classroom - The Scotsman

In 2016, 861 teachers in Scotland between the ages of 21 and 45 lapsed from the teaching register.

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Duchess Of Cambridge Visits School 2019

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Place2Be school for Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Lavender Primary School in support of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

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RESEARCH

Research: children with less sleep more likely to struggle with worries

Place2Be's research shows children with less sleep are more likely to struggle with worries.

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Place2Be launches Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

We are delighted to launch Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February).

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Place2Be & Mishcon de Reya launch ‘sharenting’ films

Place2Be and law firm Mishcon de Reya collaborate on three films exploring children's views on sharenting.

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News 12 St Marys College Partner

Our partnership with St Mary's University College

The partnership looks to ensure teachers in Northern Ireland are equipped with the skills to support pupils’ mental health.

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Nhs Digital 1 In 8 Mental Health Disorder

1 in 8 children & young people have a mental disorder

Mental health disorders are on the rise among children and young people, according to the new report.

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What is a designated mental health lead?

Sarah Hannafin, senior policy advisor at NAHT, shares her view on the role of the designated mental health lead.

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Edinburgh Stirling Universities Place2be

Place2Be partners with Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling for Pilot

The partnership looks to ensure teachers in Scotland are equipped with the skillets to support children’s mental health.

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Self Hard Advice Parents

Supporting a child who is self-harming

Advice for parents and professionals.

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Counselling in primary schools could offer six-fold societal returns

A one year investment of 4.2 million can allow Place2Be to generate potential societal benefits of £25.9 million.

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Mentally Healthy Schools Child Classroom

Mentally Healthy Schools website now nationwide

This landmark website project from Heads Together is now available nationwide.

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News 10 Green Paper Mental Health Response

Place2Be responds to Green Paper

Place2Be responds to the Green Paper; “Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision”.

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RESEARCH

Research: Schools struggle with mental health support

Place2Be partnered with NAHT, BACP and UKCP, to conduct research into mental health support.

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Videos: Celebs, children & school leaders celebrate Being Ourselves

For Children’s Mental Health Week 2018, Place2Be and BAFTA Kids asked: what makes you, YOU?

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The Art Room merges with Place2Be

The Art Room will merge with Place2Be to extend support for pupils mental health and wellbeing in schools.

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News 11 Scel Endores Mental Health Champions

Mental Health Champions endorsed by Education Scotland

Education Scotland added Place2Be's programmes to their Educational Leadership framework.

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Blog6 Misdiagnosis Autism Girls

Masking, Meltdowns and Misdiagnosis

Why girls with autism can miss out on identification and support

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Ending Child Therapy Endings

Tying up loose ends

Finishing counselling can be difficult for both Place2Be counsellors and the pupils they support.

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RESEARCH

Survey: Place2Be and school leaders’ union NAHT results

The survey shows half of schools struggle to get mental health support for pupils.

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Place2Be's Big Assembly Spreads Kindness

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to children at Place2Be’s Big Assembly.

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RESEARCH

Research: pupils share their views for Children’s Mental Health Week

Pupils at our Partner Schools tell Place2Be about their concerns and highlight the importance of kindness.

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Bereavement Impact Children

The impacts of bereavement

Place2Be explore the effects of bereavement on children and young people.

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