Place2Be is a charity that was very close to Hugo’s heart. Hugo battled depression and anxiety from a young age. So he knew and understood the real struggle that kids his age were going through when it came to mental health.

Hugo always did what he could to try and change the stigma behind mental health. Not only did he speak out to 300 of his school friends to try and change their mind, but he also raised money for Place2Be, find out more about his story here.

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing mental health counselling, support and training to schools to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and staff.

They work directly with around 700 schools and last year reached over 380,000 children and young people through their services. They help children to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown and neglect. 

Their work has never been more important. 1 in 6 children and young people now have a diagnosable mental health problem. That’s 5 children in every classroom living with a condition such as depression or anxiety.

“The past year has been very challenging for many children and young people. Up to 1.5 million children and young people across the UK will need new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of Covid-19. 

Now more than ever, it is crucial that we support children’s mental health and we are so grateful to everyone taking on this incredible challenge in memory of Hugo. We really can’t thank you all enough. Your support will make a huge difference to our work and help ensure that children and young people continue to get the mental health support they need.”

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive Officer, Place2Be
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