Giving Tuesday - Faridah's story 

This Giving Tuesday we're asking for your help so we can reach more parents like Faridah, who shares her story below.

Giving Tuesday is a day when people and charities all over the world come together to support the causes and the communities that mean a lot to them. This Giving Tuesday we are trying to raise vital funds to reach 100 more parents like Faridah.

Please help us provide more families with mental health support by donating online todayJust £7 could help a child access Place2Be support.

Faridah's Story

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“I started Place2Be parent counselling sessions because I was tired of feeling overwhelmed. I am a single mum and I got to my lowest point. That’s why I turned to Place2Be.

“It helped that Place2Be was in my children’s school. It makes it very accessible. And being in the children’s school meant it wasn’t just about me, it was also about my kids. I trusted the school – they wanted what I wanted. My aim was to become a better parent for my kids.

“With Place2Be being part of the school it normalises the counselling. It’s lighter than going for therapy. It’s here at the school, not in a medical setting, and I didn’t have to go through my GP. Anna (my parent counsellor) is fantastic – there’s no judgement. There are so many things I can talk about, in a safe space.

“It has given me a better understanding of who I am. It has helped me to feel better. I don’t need to cope alone. It’s about me discovering how to be the best possible parent.

“Everyone should feel able to ask for help. Parents as well as children. I believe if parents aren’t sorted then it’s a waste of time. Children can only feel safe if their parent is stable. Children want to please and they are more likely to feel well, if their parent is also well.

“Without Place2Be I’m quite sure I would have lost my kids by now. Social services were involved previously.

“With people I know, I find there is a reluctance to talk. I actually feel I have a responsibility to talk about this. I want to tell other people they can reach out and ask for help if they need it. I am not scared of people labelling me. My plan is to start coaching other mums in one-to-one and group sessions. Place2Be has changed my life.”

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