The YMCA have launched a new counselling service for schools to address mental health issues in students across Peterborough.
The organisation has conducted extensive research across schools in Peterborough and the region to gain a better understanding of mental health problems in young children. The report shows that mental health issues build as students move up the school years, with social media playing a huge part in adding to the stress and pressure.
Academic achievement, body image and personal pressures are all factors adding to mental health issues resulting in a 10% increase in depression in young children today.
The YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has launched a new counselling service across the region which will provide schools with in-house support to address mental health issues in students across Peterborough. The charity has also launched a Play Therapy scheme for primary schools.
Jonathan Martin, CEO of the YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough said: “This highlights just how great the need is for schools to deliver counselling for their students in order to help alleviate mental health issues in our young people – and given the young age at which children are affected, our aim is to provide primary & secondary schools with the necessary support to help children at an early stage in their education. We already have over 17 schools signed up to our new service, and it provides a sustainable route for schools to continue to support pupils in the face of budget cuts.”
Fran Hollingsworth, Headteacher at Gunthorpe Primary School has already signed up for the YMCA Play Therapy sessions: “The benefits of the YMCA offer are already having a great impact on our pupils, as the service provides the time and support our children need to discuss individual worries or concerns that are affecting their everyday lives. The process for booking the sessions has been easy to access, and we’ve already filled all sessions this term.”
A launch event is taking place on December 2 at The Cresset, Bretton from 5pm until 6.30pm where attendees will receive a copy of the YMCA report, as well as find out more about the new counselling service and hear from other professionals in this area.
Key speakers include the CEO of the YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Jonathan Martin, Peterborough Youth MP Georgie Windsor and Dr Venkat Reddy, Consultant Community Paediatrician and Associate Clinical Director for Children at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.