Why our work matters

The need for Place2Be's services is acute and growing every day. The costs of not providing early mental health support are considerable: children suffer, costs to taxpayers rise and society loses the potential of another individual.


The need for early intervention

A wealth of evidence points to a significant need for early mental health support:

  • One in eight children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. (1)
  • 50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. (2)
  • Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. (3)
  • NHS England estimates that poor mental health costs the economy, NHS and society £105 billion a year in England (4)

Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age, providing a cost saving to adult mental health services.

Growing evidence indicates that promoting positive mental health also improves a range of positive school outcomes, including attitudes to learning, better attendance and lower exclusion rates. 

The children we work with

Children_250px.jpgThe families of many of the children we work with manage on low incomes. In 2017/18, 47% of children receiving one-to-one counselling in Place2Be schools were receiving free school meals (FSM), compared to a quarter of children in primary schools in the local population.

Issues raised by children receiving our services are wide-ranging and often complex, including bullying, family breakdown, dealing with anger or anxiety, bereavement or friendship issues.

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Place2Be works

Our robust monitoring and evaluation process indicates that children receiving Place2Be services show improvements in a range of measures, enabling children and schools to become happier and healthier.

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1. Source: NHS Digital (2018)

2. Source: Kessler R and Wang P (2007)

3. Source: Collishaw, S., Maughan, B., Goodman, R., and Pickles, A. (2004) Time trends in adolescent mental health Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

4. Source: NSPCC. How safe  are our  children? 2016




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Craig's story

Craig's teacher referred him to Place2Be because he was always involved in fights in the playground

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