The spotlight is shining on mental health and emotional wellbeing like never before. There is a growing sense – particularly with the Royal Foundation “Heads Together” campaign – that feelings matter and it’s not healthy for them to be hidden.
Here at The Holding Collective we are also committed to stopping the stigma of mental health and orchestrating mass change. We believe to be effective this change has to start with children and families.
However with 157,000 missed CAMHS appointments in 2016 costing the NHS over £45million reported by The Children’s Society (based on Freedom of Information data obtained from NHS mental health trusts) and with numerous other reports highlighting the issues, it’s clear that the current system is not working.
At The Holding Collective we believe three key elements are essential:
– Be systemic
– Focus on children
– Take place within their school setting
The therapeutic services model has been successfully piloted over four years, in a Primary School in north London and succesfully transferred to Secondary. The results are impressive.