Our emotional health and well-being – how we feel about ourselves and our life – is just as important as our physical health, if not more so. We all sometimes feel stressed, anxious or worried, and when we feel like that, we can’t learn or work to the best of our ability.

We have wonderful Tutors and Pastoral teams at Lister, who support and guide students through whatever their challenge or need. This year, we have another excellent service for our students to use when they need a listening ear.
Place2Be (www.place2be.org.uk) is a national children’s mental health charity providing school-based support to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils and the school community. Working in partnership with schools, Place2Be promotes positive mental health, through the provision of support at the earliest opportunity.
Our new Place2Be School Project Manager, Kate Clark, is a Child Psychotherapist. She is here to set up and run the service, and will work with a team of counsellors, who will provide one-to-one support to students in the school.  
Place2Be offers a whole school approach to mental health:

  • One-to-one counselling sessions: counsellors provide weekly sessions in the Place2Be room –  with art and creative materials where children can express their feelings and work through whatever is troubling them.
  • Place2Talk: short sessions during lunch and break times – this service is open to all pupils. Children can refer themselves and come alone or with their friends to speak to a counsellor.
  • Short-term group work and whole class work: Place2Be can offer group work or whole class work on particular issues such as friendship, self-esteem, confidence and bullying.
  • Parent Partnership:  Support sessions for parents and carers of children receiving one-to-one counselling. This aims to help improve parents’ confidence in parenting skills and the quality of their relationship with the child.
  • Place2Think: Teachers and school staff are offered consultation to develop practical approaches that enable them to support children more effectively.

If you’d like to find out more, you are welcome to talk to Kate, kate.clark@lister.newham.sch.uk who works on Mondays and Wednesdays and after October half term will also be working on Tuesdays.

Elizabeth Denton, Whole-School Emotional Health and Well-being Coordinator

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