‘We must not try to turn teachers into mental health experts’

The problem of pupils’ poor mental health has ‘been in the shadows’, says Catherine Roche – but now things are changing. Here, the CEO of counselling service Place2Be tells Helen Ward that the government’s mental health strategy is positive – as long as there is sufficient cash and schools aren’t put under too much pressure

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Catherine Roche is at forefront of one of the biggest challenges facing schools today – a growing demand for mental health services when budgets are squeezed.

As chief executive officer of counselling service Place2Be, she is currently “throwing everything” at making the argument for funding mental health support in schools. On the positive side, Roche has plenty to draw on when making her case.

There are the figures – a recent analysis of the charity’s impact found that every £1 spent on one-to-one counselling in primary schools reaped a long-term benefit of £6.20.

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