MCR Pathways & Place2Be team up to support young people’s mental health

We’re excited to announce that MCR Pathways has teamed up with leading mental health charity Place2Be to support the increasing number of young people facing mental health challenges.

From September 15th, Place2Be is providing access to its Mental Health Champions Foundation programme for all MCR Pathways Coordinators thanks to support from the STV Children’s Appeal, and as part of a wider partnership with Youth Scotland. The bespoke online training has been designed to build capacity of youth workers, helping to enhance professionals’ understanding of young people’s mental health and the approaches to foster positive wellbeing.

The flexible 5-week course will be completed around our Coordinators’ busy schedules in school where they facilitate mentoring meetings and group work with younger pupils. The training is specifically designed to build participants’ skills and awareness around supporting young people and their mental health.

MCR Pathways CEO Graeme McEwan said:

“This is a fantastic example of two like-minded organisations working together to support the needs and demands of our young people. There is vital support needed, particularly after the impact of the past year, so it’s imperative to us that our team is equipped to deal with the challenges our young people face.”

“We also want to support our mentors and empower our Coordinators to feel confident in their skills and the resources out there which they can signpost when necessary. The team is keen to get started so a big thanks to everyone who helped facilitate this opportunity.” 

Natalie Wright, STV Children’s Appeal Campaign Manager, said:

“The intention of our mental health fundraiser earlier this year was to raise funds to support projects and programmes exactly like this one. 

It’s so important that the professionals working with young people understand the complexities of their mental wellbeing so they can provide them with the most relevant and valuable support, and we welcome Place2Be’s use of Appeal funding to train more MCR Pathways Coordinators in this crucial field.”

Jacqueline Cassidy (Director, Scotland – Place2Be), said:

The pandemic has been especially tough on young people and we are delighted to be working with partners at MCR Pathways and Youth Scotland to help education and youth work professionals understand more about children and young people’s mental health.”

Find out more about the services Place2Be provides by visiting their website.

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