BACP is looking for your help with the latest stage of our campaign to secure a paid counsellor in every secondary school and college in England.
Last month, around 3,000 supporters wrote to their MPs to ask them to back our campaign. Nearly half of the MPs who responded said they'll contact he Chancellor or Treasury Minsiters to urge them to invest in school counselling in England.
We now have a further opportunity to build on this important momentum.
We're asking you again to write to your MP, this time to ask them to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Jon Trickett MP, which calls on the government to fund the roll-out of counselling in secondary schools in England.
Early Day Motions are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons and are an excellent way for MPs to show their support for an issue and to draw the attention of other MPs to the issues' importance.
We want to secure as many signatures as possible for this EDM to ensure the government is clear that if young people are to emerge from the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic and flourish academically and socially; supporting their mental health in the weeks, months and years to come must be prioritised. School counsellors are in the perfect position to help with this.
England needs to catch up with the other UK nations in the mental health support it offers children and young people – and there is no more crucial time than now to do this.