Place2Be is one of the 5 mental health charities that I am supporting for Fierce Mind 1680 miles Challenge.
I visited a primary school in Enfield last Wednesday to learn more about what they do and I am completely taken by their work to offer emotional and mental wellbeing therapy. They are there for children who are feeling bullied, lonely, isolated, scared and those who don’t know how to communicate why they are so angry.
I was sucking back the tears.
Unfortunately, the same visit also pained me when I consider what a disgrace our government is in this day and age. But, they are obviously completely unaware of the damage they are causing, so it is up to #PeoplePower to make the changes.
£14,000 is what it costs to incarcerate one child per year.
£1,100 per year is what it costs to give one child counselling in their own primary school – for the child, their parents and the teaching staff!
There are children who are involved in this programme who are the victims of second degree abuse – i.e. their parents were victims and they did not receive any counselling, and the trauma and domestic abuse has trickled down the family tree.
Some of the primary school children were considered troublesome – according to Theresa May they should be schooled separately from good children. These troublesome children did not start their lives that way, it was forced upon them by family circumstances outside of their control. And yet they have been let down by this government, by adults, and by their family.
BUT, Place2Be can help them, if the schools request it.
The Place2Be counsellors are roles that are not just for one week, one term or one school year.
That counsellor stays with that school for as long as she/he is needed – think Nanny McPhee.
Paloma has been at the school in Enfield for 15 years. They have 500 children at their primary school, and she is kept very busy. She is now able to see the grown up kids that she helped to turn around before they hit high school, as they head out to their jobs, rather than hear about them ending up in jail or sectioned. This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. There are children that need this support in your children’s school. It is down to YOU & ME to turn around the Stress Epidemic that will be the biggest killer of our children’s generation.
Let’s support Place2Be in going far and wide across the country with their emotional and mental wellbeing therapy support for children.
I am aiming to raise £10,000 for Place2Be as part of my running challenge – sadly this no longer feels enough, but it is a start!