Expand Place2Be Model across schools in Scotland

S5 & S6 Pupils at a discussion at Tynecastle High School on Friday 11th January 2019 felt that the support model provided by Place2Be should be expanded to schools throughout Scotland.

The group have experienced the service over the last 5 years and they feel it has helped reduce stigma around mental health support and provides a approachable and helpful support service.

The Place2Be model provides 15 minute slots with a permanent mental health professional who is based in the school 2 and a half days a week.

Sometimes a 15 minute chat may be enough to support a young person, but they can also be referred to volunteer mental health professionals who can provide longer sessions in school to support a young person with a specific mental health need.

Pupils felt it would be even better if a mental health support professional could be available 5 days a week as they felt that having constant visibility of support meant that young people would know there was always someone available to support them.

The permanent mental health professional also coordinates and trains the volunteer mental health professionals who provide additional support to pupils.

These volunteers are made up from newly qualified counsellors or mental health professionals who want to gain experience working with young people.

Why the contribution is important

Pupils felt it would be even better if a mental health support professional could be available 5 days a week as they felt that having constant visibility of support meant that young people would know there was always someone available to support them.

 

by Tynecastle11119 on January 17, 2019 at 10:10AM

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