The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has shared that they are "devastated" as the The Happy Healthy Minds Programme Ends 31st March 2023 due to Government budget cuts.
The Happy Healthy Minds Programme was described by BACP as "A crucial primary school counselling programme in Northern Ireland".
The programme provided counselling as well as other other therapy interventions such as art, music, drama, and play therapy for primary aged children across Northern Ireland.
A pilot programme begun in November 2021 and funding was initially extended until March 2023, however it has now been confirmed that the programme will end on 31st March 2023.
Jo Holmes, BACP's Children, Young People and Families Lead spoke to Radio Ulster about concerns over the closure of the scheme.
BACP shared that Jo said: “We’re devastated this important programme that has made a difference in so many children’s lives has ended. Crucial primary school counselling and other creative therapy support has been snatched away from children at a time when they are facing the distressing consequences of a mental health and cost of living crisis on their wellbeing. It’s vital that measures are put in place to prevent a cliff edge of support falling away in two weeks’ time.”
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