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Our approach to children's mental health


Our approach to children's mental health

Every day, children across the UK struggle with their mental health.

Our vital support helps them to reach their full potential.

The challenges

The need for our services grows every day.

Three children in every class have a diagnosable mental health problem.

Half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14.

How we help

We are committed to helping children with their mental health. Our approach to children’s mental health means we aim to intervene early to prevent life-long mental health issues.

  • We provide support early to spot mental health problems before they develop and help children cope with challenges throughout their lives
  • We use an effective therapeutic approach which is backed by research and combines several ways of working
  • We offer a menu of different services, including advice and support for families and school staff, to build resilience and raise awareness of mental health across the whole school community.

Integrated approach and specialist experience graphic. Supporting children and young people, supporting parents and carers, school leadership and governance, supporting school staff.

Providing support early

Place2Be is a pioneer in early intervention. We help schools understand and identify mental health problems, enable children to focus on learning and give them tools to cope with challenges throughout their lives.

This benefits society too. For every £1 invested, our counselling service in primary schools has the potential to return £6.20. Find out more about our benefit to society 

girl talking to counsellor

Using an effective therapeutic approach

Our support allows pupils to express themselves in different ways through talking, creative work and play.

Our mental health professionals use an integrative therapeutic approach which is backed by research and brings together different strands of therapeutic thinking to support the development of each child and young person.

Find out more about our therapeutic approach

Offering a menu of different services

Place2Be offers a menu of different services to meet schools’ needs.

Each school with Place2Be on site has a qualified professional who runs our service(s) there.

The services we offer include advice and support for families and consultations and training for school staff. This builds resilience and raises awareness of the importance of good mental health across the whole school community. The services we offer include:

  • One-to-one counselling for pupils who are struggling
  • Short appointments to talk about worries, booked by pupils
  • Group work about friendship, self-esteem and other issues
  • Training for school leaders and staff to make schools more mentally healthy
  • Consultations for school staff about behaviour and wellbeing
  • Advice and support for parents to help them look after their child
  • Group programme using art and discussion to build pupils’ self-esteem.

Read about our school services

Making a difference

Evidence shows that our work makes a real difference to children’s lives. We collect data and analyse our impact in schools to help us improve our services.

Read about our statistics and evidence

We use evidence and experience from working directly with children in the school environment to inform public policy across the UK.

We also engage politicians with our work, so that we can raise awareness of the importance of supporting wellbeing within the school community, and Place2Be’s lead role in this field.

Read about our policy and public affairs

News & blogs

Laura Wright performs with the choir from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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.

Photo of blonde boy in classroom, with overlaid graphics showing welsh resources and text that reads 'Welsh resources available now'

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.

Three pupils from Upton Cross Primary School, and Lindsey Russell, holding the time capsule

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.