Do you know that half of lifetime mental health problems start before the age of 14? Or that one in ten children has a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression? This impacts their ability to learn, make friends and just get through the day.
How we help
Through our annual £75,000 grant for three years, we're supporting Place2Be’s whole school services in 10 schools across the UK, enabling around 4,000 children from deprived communities to access life changing mental health support.
The schools are in Birmingham, London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Croydon. In each of these, the children have access to a Place2Be room, a safe space with art and play materials where children can understand and express their feelings. The room provides a base for a qualified counsellor and a team of highly trained volunteer counsellors.
Our funding means a range of vital services are provided for the children, including:
• One-to-one counselling: for children with the most urgent or complex needs.
• Place2Talk: lunchtime self-referral service which any child in the school can access.
• Parent Partnership: work to help parents to understand and support the work undertaken with their children.
By providing this support, not only do children with poor mental wellbeing benefit, the entire school community benefits from a better learning environment and increased emotional literacy.
The difference we’re making
Children from the poorest families are three times more likely to suffer from a mental health problem. This partnership will allow us to be there for these children at a time when they have no one else to turn to, when our support matters the most, and when it can make the biggest difference.
Please email Kate Hodges, Programme Manager, ZCT if you would like to know more about our partnership with Place2Be.