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Child mental health support - Scotland


Child mental health support - Scotland

Place2Be has offered child mental health support in Scotland since 2001 and currently reaches over 14,432 pupils and their families in 45 schools.

We offer a menu of different services to meet schools’ needs, including in-school mental health support, expert training and resources.

We build children and young people's resilience through talking, creative work and play. We also support parents and school staff and help schools to be mentally healthy. Read about our services

Many of our communities across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Dundee face poverty and complex needs. Search for Place2Be schools near you

For every £1 invested, our counselling service in UK primary schools has the potential to return £6.20 to society, according to a report by Pro Bono Economics. Read the report

Funding for our in-school service comes from a variety of sources including the Scottish Attainment Challenge, Pupil Equity Fund, Health Boards and Local Authority grants.

Read our Scotland Impact Report (494kb)

Place2Be has created a tangible feeling of calmness and kindness around the whole school. Now, weeks go by without incidents. Head Teacher, Glasgow

Counselling Placements

Our Counselling Placements in schools are an opportunity to work with children and young people in a safe therapeutic setting.

Read more about our Counselling Placements and apply

Training and consultations for schools

Place2Be is recognised as a GTCS Learning Award organisation.

  • Mental Health Champions training programmes – for school leaders and class teachers, endorsed by Education Scotland
  • Consultations – on emotional wellbeing and behaviour, tailored to each school
  • Workshops – about specialist subjects
  • Mental health masterclasses – as part of the Excellence in Headship programme.
  • Initial Teacher Education – in partnership with the Universities of Edinburgh. Read more.

Read about our services

Supporting the transition from primary to secondary school

This year, many children who are finishing primary school will have missed out on some important milestones like end of year productions or leavers’ parties. Our specialist Art Room team has created a project for children finishing P7 to make at home together with parents, carers, other family members. It will give young people a chance to think about their time at primary school and the changes ahead as they start secondary school.

Download Art Room transition project

Children and young people’s voices

All our work is centered on the child, and their right to access support when and where they need it. We believe children and young people have the right to good mental health and wellbeing. We welcome the incorporation of UNCRC into Scot’s Law.

Stay up to date

Follow @place2bescot on Twitter for the latest updates.

Get in touch

We are looking to develop our work in Scotland and expand into new areas. To find out more, please get in touch with our team:

Annie McGovern - Business Development Manager for Scotland
07803247170 or scotland@place2be.org.uk

News & blogs

Young woman writes on whiteboard

Place2Be partners with University of Edinburgh

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

Female teacher speaks to 3 female pupils outside school gates

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.

Mother and daughter doing homework on large table

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.