1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder, that’s roughly 3 children in every classroom (Mind). Experiencing a mental health problem in childhood is one of the biggest barriers to achieving wellbeing yet only one quarter of children affected are getting specialist help (Green et al, 2005).

Early intervention is key …

Half of all mental health problems manifest by the age of 14. Without help many of these mental health problems persist into adulthood.

 School based counselling has many benefits …

There is a large body of evidence showing that not only does counselling significantly reduce psychological distress in primary school children but also that their social and emotional behaviour, as perceived by their teachers and parents, improves.

Research also indicates that school-based counselling is perceived as highly accessible, non-stigmatising and effective not only in reducing psychological distress but in improving attainment, attendance and behaviour.

However, currently only a minority of primary-aged children benefit from therapeutic services in their schools.

BOUNCE! offers 1 to 1 long and short term specialist child counselling as part of a raft of measures to support mental health in school communities.