Call on MPs to sign the Counselling in Schools Early Day Motion
 

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. 

What will my letter say?

 

Your letter will make the case for government to provide a fully funded counselling provision across England’s secondary schools and colleges and call on your MP to show support for the campaign by signing the Early Day Motion tabled by Jon Trickett MP.

What does the EDM say?

That this House notes with concern research from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which found that 80 per cent of young people say that their mental health has worsened during the covid-19 outbreak; further notes with concern that there could be significant future human and financial costs associated with the covid-19 outbreak unless there is Government intervention to stem that growing mental health crisis among young people; believes that provision of funding for counselling all schools and colleges in England is the best way to address that problem; acknowledges that the average wait time for counselling in schools being 21 days, compared to CAMHS having an average wait time of 188 days, supports that viewpoint; and therefore calls on the Government to allocate resources in the Comprehensive Spending Review that are aimed at tackling the growing crisis of mental health among young people through a national commitment to counselling provision for all children in England's secondary schools.