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Morton Fraser Chair Calls for Business to Focus on Children's Mental Health after Joining Place2Be Advisory Panel

Morton Fraser Chair Jenny Dickson
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13 December 2021
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The Chair of one of Scotland’s largest independent law firms has called on the business community to focus on children’s mental health in 2022 after joining specialist charity Place2Be as a strategic advisor.

Jenny Dickson joins Place2Be’s Scottish Development Advisory Group at a time when demand for mental health services in schools has dramatically increased. Place2Be provides specialist mental health support in schools and has seen a significant increase in the need for their service since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Place2Be has offered child mental health support in Scotland since 2001 and currently reaches over 14,432 pupils and their families across Scotland.  Over the last 3 years over 7,500 pupils booked their own appointments to speak to a Place2Be mental health professional.

1 in 8 children and young people in Scotland have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood.

Sandy Begbie, Chair of Place2Be’s Development Advisory Group and a trustee of the charity, said: “It’s fantastic to have someone of Jenny’s quality and experience on board. Our Development Advisory Group supports the growth and sustainability of Place2Be’s work in Scotland.  I know businesses across Scotland are very aware of the growing mental health needs being seen at this time, the work of Place2Be has never been more vital and I’d encourage others to find out more about their important work.” 

Morton Fraser plans to address this important issue during Children’s Mental Health Week in February 2022. During that week it will hold a Place2Be webinar on ‘living with teenagers’ to help parents/carers in the firm better understand children’s mental health. Place2Be launched the very first Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its eighth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word, including Scottish businesses.

Jenny Dickson, Chair of Morton Fraser, said: “Many employers are aware of the increasing worries that parents and carers within their workforce are carrying in relation to young people’s mental health. The pandemic has affected us all, and children are no exception. Parents often see that and this can lead to worry and stress.

“It is vitally important to provide children with the option to talk about their feelings free from stigma and in a safe environment. But it is also important to support the work of children’s mental health charities at this time so that employers and employees get the chance to understand the issues and some of the solutions, too. I hope more of Scotland’s businesses see the value in getting engaged with charities that are delivering services in local communities. Place2Be is a fantastic charity and I am looking forward to supporting it as it continues to grow its services across Scotland.”

Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 7-13 February 2022. This year's theme is Growing Together.

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