Place2Be encourages ‘meaningful connections’ as 78% of children who seek support feel anxious socially
New figures from Place2Be reveal that nearly 78% of young people seen by a Place2Be counsellor within the last year, have experienced anxiety in social situations.
Our new data also shows that 65% of children and young people seen by Place2Be counsellors in the last year had difficulties interacting with their classmates.
However, with support from Place2Be, 76% of primary and secondary-aged children and young people who started with severe mental difficulties had improved.
The new findings come in the wake of the pandemic, which saw a challenge to friendships and classroom connections, with many teachers asking for support in helping young people improve their social interactions.
A lack of meaningful connection is a key driver in loneliness and anxiety, so it is important that young people establish friendships which can allow them to support one another.
Place2Be's annual Children's Mental Health Week is now in its ninth year. Each year, the week builds awareness of the mental health crisis facing children and young people across the UK and equips schools and families with resources.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Connect’, and with 1 in 6 children suffering with a diagnosable mental health condition in England, Place2Be are encouraging all to connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways.
A series of resources have been designed for the week, including top tips for parents and teachers on having open conversations, advice on developing friendships, activity ideas for schools, and more.
Place2Be is also partnering with Childnet for Safer Internet Day to help teachers guide their students in forming safe and fulfilling friendships online.
Children’s Mental Health Week is kindly supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, The Beaverbrook Foundation and The Prudence Trust.