Young London SOS: Our campaign to fight the crisis in mental health of children during pandemic
The Evening Standard today launches a new campaign — Young London SOS — to address the rising crisis in mental health among young people in the wake of the pandemic.
Our special investigation has revealed the alarming scale of the situation with 500,000 children and teenagers who had no mental health problems before Covid-19 needing support in 2021, on top of the one in six already identified by the NHS.
Headteachers say “it’s the worst it’s been and getting worse” and have called on ministers to act urgently, but been left disappointed by the Government response. That is why we have teamed up with Place2Be, the UK’s leading provider of schools-based mental health services.
The charity works in 150 primary and secondary schools in London but their aim is to double the number of pupils they reach by 2025 and — given the urgency of the situation — we want to turbo-charge this effort.
It costs £33,000 to put a Place2Be team of experts and counsellors into one additional school for one year, directly engaging, on average, one-third of the pupils, as well as the teachers and parents, and raising mental health as a priority through their “whole school” approach.
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