SOMEONE TO TALK TO
– OUR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME
The importance of children’s mental health
According to the NHS there is an average of an 18 week waiting time for referrals to be seen by a mental health professional. In the last two years these waiting times have dramatically increased because of the pressure on the NHS from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Our partners have found that these wait times can be too long for children and can only increase the deterioration of their mental health meaning that waiting for 18 weeks or more to see a mental health professional can have a lasting impact on children.
Between April and December 2020, there was a total of 193 likely child suicides in the UK, self-harm rate in children aged between nine and twelve has doubled in the last six years and a survey of secondary school children by Place2Be, a charity that offers counselling in schools, shows self-harm reports rose 77%.
Our Someone To Talk To mental health programme funds counselling sessions that are free for children
Funding 40 therapy sessions for Tiny Tim’s Children Centre
Our donation to Tiny Tim’s Children Centre ensured that 40 children from low-income families could receive free counselling sessions. The main beneficiaries of Tiny Tim’s are children who suffer from muscular disabilities, respiratory problems, behavioural issues, sensory/physical impairment, and incurable conditions.
Counselling sessions are an invaluable way to improve their quality of life by boosting self-esteem and reducing pain.
‘Someone To Talk To’
mental health programme partners
ReWellness Counselling Adults & Children
Rewellness are a children and family counselling service based in Poole who provide one-to-one and group sessions to children who are in need of guidance and mental health support.
Their aim is to support as many children and families in the area as possible by providing a confidential, professional and caring service that help to address any mental health concerns they may have.