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Mental health support in schools


Mental health support in schools

Place2Be provides child counselling and mental health support in schools, including primary, secondary and all-through schools across England, Scotland and Wales.

Each school has a dedicated Place2Be mental health professional who is an integral part of the school team.

They work closely with pupils, families and staff to improve emotional wellbeing and provide mental health support for the whole school.

We collect data to measure our impact on mental health in schools. This helps us to review and improve our in-school support. Read about our statistics and evidence


of pupils with the highest level of need show an improvement in wellbeing after one-to-one counselling according to parents.


cause fewer problems that impact the class according to teachers.

Place2Be is part of our school family. It is more than an office, more than a therapy room and more than a collection of counsellors. Glyn Ellis – Headteacher, Haslingden Primary School

Counsellor with girl talking in school

The counselling and support we offer

Pupils come to Place2Be for lots of different reasons. The most common ones are anxiety, struggling to focus, low self-esteem, mood swings and trouble with their family.

To help your school community cope with challenges like these, our in-school support works with pupils, families and school staff.

  • Place2Talk – pupils book appointments with a Place2Be counsellor to talk about problems and worries
  • One-to-one counselling – weekly counselling using talking, creative work and play to support pupils who are struggling
  • Group work – therapeutic groups exploring issues like friendship, self-esteem, transition and bullying
  • Family Practitioner – access to a Family Practitioner to provide dedicated advice and support for parents and carers in primary schools
  • Guidance, training and safeguarding advice for staff – our mental health professionals share their expertise on issues such as managing and understanding behaviour, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Additional Support Needs (ASN), safeguarding and coping with staff stress.

Read about how we provide support

Counsellor with a child using puppets

Helping you understand the world of mental health

Place2Be also helps schools to understand the world of mental health. We ‘signpost’ other organisations and help schools refer pupils to specialist support like Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) where needed.

Mental health support in a crisis

Place2Be works in partnership with Shout, a 24/7 text messaging service to support anyone in crisis, anytime, anywhere. Find out more about Shout

Find out more

Get in touch using our enquiries formor call us on 020 7923 5500.