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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 schools brochure

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 - Foundation programme – online children's mental health training course, free for all teachers and school-based staff
  • Online wellbeing sessionssmall group sessions for education professionals supporting mental health in school communities, funded by the Scottish Government
  • 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 the 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 centred 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:

Niamh Cannon, Regional Administrator for Scotland by email scotland@place2be.org.uk

News & blogs

Children's hands with blue paint on them

My journey with Place2Be - Rebecca's Story

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

Children's hands touching chalk drawing of heart on playground

‘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.

3 primary aged pupils sat in a school playground, wearing coats, smiling in conversation

Celebrating 20 years of Place2Be in Scotland

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