HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Place2Be school for Children’s Mental Health Week 2019
Today (5 Feb) Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Place2Be’s Royal Patron, visited Lavender Primary School in support of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February).
One of The Duchess’s key areas of work is child mental health and the importance of support to provide young people with in-school mental health services at the earliest stage possible, to tackle problems before they can escalate. Her Royal Highness’s support of Children’s Mental Health Week has been a feature of the campaign each year since it launched in 2015. The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, focusing on the connection between physical and mental health.
During her visit, The Duchess met teachers and students taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week activities and sat in on two different lessons focusing on the importance of physical and mental health. Her Royal Highness also watched pupils taking part in the school’s Daily Mile challenge which teaches children about the importance of being active. The Duchess then joined a group of parents talking about the challenges of putting in place good routines and habits around sleep, screen-time, healthy eating and exercise.
Watch some highlights of the visit below:
Next week, Her Royal Highness will attend The Royal Foundation’s Mental Health in Education conference and hear from Head Teachers who have used the Mentally Healthy Schools website to support pupils. The conference will explore and discuss the benefits of collaborative working and what more can be done to tackle mental health issues in schools.