Our work in Scotland
Our work in Scotland
Learn more about our work in Scotland, including our in-school mental health support in Scottish schools and expert mental health training for school staff.
Our approach to children and young people's mental health is to intervene early to prevent life-long mental health issues. This approach complements Scotland's Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which states that we should focus activity and funding on early intervention to minimise poor mental health.
On this page, you can find out about our work in Scotland, including:
- in-school mental health support
- mental health training and consultations for schools
- support for student teachers
- counselling placements for child counselling trainees
- our collaborations with other organisations in Scotland.
In-school mental health support
Our in-school mental health support is based on a whole-school approach to mental health and focuses on intervening early. Support includes:
- drop-in sessions and one-to-one counselling for struggling pupils that build resilience through talking, creative work and play (Place2Talk)
- whole-class and group work on mental health and wellbeing
- support and training for parents and carers
- guidance and mental health support for school staff.
Training and consultations for schools
We offer a variety of training and consultation services for school staff, including:
- a comprehensive Senior Mental Health Leads programme based on a whole-school approach to mental health
- an online mental health training course, free for teachers, school staff and others that work with children and young people
- reflective supervision sessions for education professionals to help them support positive mental health in their school communities (Place2Think).
Support for student teachers
We partner with Moray House of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow School of Education to support student teachers in creating mentally healthy classrooms - reaching over a quarter of new student teachers in Scotland.
Our Initial Teacher Education services aim to strengthen students' understanding and knowledge of children and young people's mental health. Services include:
- providing a therapeutic space where students can reflect on their practice, their pupils' mental health and their own wellbeing (Place2Think)
- delivering lectures and seminars to help students improve their understanding of child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.
Our counselling placements in schools allow us to work with children and young people in a safe therapeutic setting. Since January 2022:
- 70 Counsellors on Placement have started placements in partner schools in Scotland
- 30 Counsellors on Placement have started onboarding for the 2023-24 school year.
Our collaborations with other organisations in Scotland
We work with a variety of organisations in Scotland to extend our reach and help more children, young people and student teachers achieve their potential.
LGBT Youth Scotland
We've achieved the Gold Charter Mark Award with LGBT Youth Scotland, which will help us proactively include LGBTQ+ people in every aspect of our work, protecting our team and providing a high-quality service to the children, young people and families we help.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
We support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), an international human rights treaty. All of our Scottish team have completed the Scottish Government’s UNCRC training.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland
We're recognised as a General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Learning Award organisation. This award celebrates that we support and promote teacher professional learning.
The Promise Scotland
We’re working with the Promise Scotland to help keep the promise made to care experienced children and young people in Scotland. Through Promise Partnership funding, awarded by the Corra Foundation, we’re providing multi-disciplinary reflective supervision spaces for professionals around the child in Dundee and Glasgow.
Moray House of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh
Our embedded clinician at Moray House supports student teachers by providing a Place2Think therapeutic space to reflect on their own practice and their own mental health. We also deliver lectures to improve understanding of children and young people's mental health.
School of Education at the University of Glasgow
Our embedded clinician at the School of Education supports students to reflect on their own practice and mental health and supports their knowledge and understanding of children and young people's mental health.
News & blogs
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more