Heartlands High School works with Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that helps pupils explore their emotions and feel better about themselves.

Young people can go to the Place2Be room in school to express themselves by making art, talking and more.

Why is Place2Be useful?

Sometimes young people can feel particularly sad, confused, scared or angry.

Maybe something difficult happened at home, like losing a family member or parents separating. Or perhaps they’re struggling with something at school, like bullying.

This can make them behave differently, lose confidence in themselves or find it difficult to concentrate in class.

Place2Be is there to help young people find ways to cope, so their worries don’t get in the way of their friendships, their learning or how they feel about themselves.

What does Place2Be do?

Place2Be’s professionals work with young people one-to-one or in small groups, giving regular support for pupils who need it.

Young people can also book a short appointment to talk about any problems or worries they have – this is called Place2Talk.

How can I refer my child?

Parents cannot make direct referral to Place2Be’s one-to-one counselling sessions, but can request a referral be made by the student’s Head of Year (please see contacts below). Students can also self-refer for the Place2Talk drop-in service.

Year 7 Ramsey Adams ramsey.adams@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk
Year 8 Joe Tousent joe.tousent@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk
Year 9 Vanessa Philip vanessa.philip@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk
Year 10 Niamh Martin niamh.martin@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk
Year 11 Madeleine Durrant madeleine.durrant@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk


How does Place2Be work with adults?

Place2Be provides support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more.

Jenny Smith is our School Project Manager for Place2Be.

She works from Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays all day and you can either arrange to meet them at the school or get in touch using 020 8826 1394 – ext. 364. Alternatively you can email jenny.smith@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk. If you want to find out more about Place2Be visit place2be.org.uk

‘My daughter had become such a different person – one we didn’t recognise – but since the support from Place 2 Be we see signs of our old loving daughter coming back.’ – Parent

‘When I feel worried, it’s like I’m in a maze and the people in Place2Be are coming with a torch and showing me the way.’
– Student

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Other useful contacts

ShoutText P2B: 85258 – Free, confidential support in a crisis 24/7

Childline 0800 11 11 – Run a free 24-hour helpline, email service and online and phone counselling service for children and young people in the UK. 

Samaritans 116 123 – Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope. 

HopeLineUK0800 068 4141, or text 07786 209697 – Advisors trained to help you focus on staying safe from suicide. They can provide advice and support that may help you to stay safe.

The Mix0800 808 4994 – Offer a helpline, email, live chat, telephone counselling service and crisis text line for anyone under 25 years old wanting support.

NHS Choices 111 – 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information.

C.A.L.M. 0800 58 58 58 – National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling.

Support After Suicide Partnership www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk – offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide. 

Koothwww.kooth.com – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Shoutwww.giveusashout.org – Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.