Scottish Mental Health Minister, Clare Haughey, visited Craigroyston Primary School in Edinburgh as part of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.
The Minister met with pupils and staff at the school, and learned more about the mental health support provided by Place2Be for pupils, families and staff. Craigroyston Primary has been a partner school of Place2Be since 2004 and is one of 12 schools that Place2Be work in across Edinburgh.
Clare Haughey said: “I’m grateful to the teachers and pupils of Craigroyston Primary School for having me here during Children’s Mental Health Week to hear more about the work they do. Schools have a vital role to play in supporting the mental wellbeing of children and young people and this work is helping their pupils to achieve positive mental health and wellbeing.
“We know that prevention and early intervention make a big difference to the risk of developing mental health problems. We are determined to ensure that any young person who is identified as needing support with mental health issues can access the right services that are appropriate to their needs, which includes support in school and from specialist services where appropriate.”
Place2Be has offered child mental health support in Scotland since 2001 and currently reaches over 14,000 pupils and their families in 45 schools.
Lucy Cooper, Acting Headteacher at Craigroyston Primary School said: “Place2Be is an amazing part of our school community. It has proved to be a huge support to the school and our families by offering a safe therapeutic space where children can work through their problems and learn to manage their emotions. Place2Be has been part of our school for nearly 16 years and we value this partnership in promoting the health and wellbeing of the youngsters in our school.”
During the visit, pupils also enjoyed a puppet show about bravery, to tie in with the theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week, #FindYourBrave.
Jonathan Wood, National Manager for Place2Be Scotland added: “Place2Be started Children’s Mental Health Week to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. We’re delighted that Clare Haughey is supporting the campaign and has visited Craigroyston Primary School to see our work first-hand.
“This year’s theme of bravery will mean different things to different people. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. Helping children and young people understand the importance of sharing a worry or asking for help from an early age is a skill that they can take with them into adulthood.”
Find out more about Place2Be’s work in Scotland