Duchess of Cambridge launches new mental health programme for HeadsTogether

The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting the Roe Green Junior School in Brent, London, to launch a new pilot programme for children’s mental health at schools. The programme is part of the HeadsTogether campaign and is called Mentally Healthy Schools. It will be launched as a website – which will be available to every primary school in the UK – to give teachers and staff the clarity and practical resources they need to support pupils with mental health issues at their school. In this way, teachers won’t have to give up lots their time searching for good information on the internet, which is very difficult. The Anna Freud Centre and Place2Be, both charities have the Duchess as their patron, are supporting the programme.

The HeadsTogether campaign was launched in May 2016 to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the Duke and Duchess and prince Harry have been working very hard for this campaign since its launch. Catherine was especially interested in children’s mental health and maternal mental health from the beginning. Intentionally, the campaign was set to end after the London Marathon 2017, but because of its enormous success, it was decided to go on with the campaign to reach even more people across the country. The Duke and Duchess and prince Harry are still working for the campaign and have all three launched a special programme for their own area of interest since.

The Duchess was welcomed by pupils on arrival this morning. She was presented with flowers.

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HRH talked to teachers, pupils and representatives from the HeadsTogether charity partners about the importance of mental health support at schools. She was joined by UK Minister for School Standarts Nick Gibb.

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The Duchess deliverd a speech to mark the launch of the new programme, which will help children in the entire country with their mental health problems. HRH has been focussing on children’s and maternal mental health for a while now and she appears to be very keen to learn more on the subjects. She talked about the pressure on teachers in her speech and explained her own commitment to the subject. The speech in full can be read here.

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HRH is wearing a familiar coat from SportMax, first worn in February 2015 for a visit to Emma Bridgewater pottery factory, with a new dress by the maternity brand Séraphine. Her new scarf is from Beulah London (with many thanks to @Giulia_lelepug). The Duchess choose to wear her Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ pumps and a navy clutch for the visit, and picked her tanzanite G. Collins & Sons jewellery to go with her outfit.

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