At this time, when birthdays, school trips, exams, and end of year celebrations, have all been put on hold, with no definitive time-frame of when things might begin to open up again. Young people can begin to struggle. Many I have spoken with are worried about each other, about their relationships and their futures.

Heartlands High School works with Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity that helps pupils explore their emotions and feel better about themselves. As part of this Place2Be are running a telephone check-in service called place2talk.  Place2Talk is a short phone-call that is designed 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.

How to make an appointment.

Students can self-refer for the Place2Talk check-in service by emailing their tutor.  The school counsellor, Jenny Smith will then make contact with the young person’s parent/carer to obtain verbal consent and to agree a time for the phone-call to take place.