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.
Place2Be Chief Executive, Catherine Roche, says: “We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions, while many more worry about everyday concerns from exams, to family life. This is why Place2Be is supporting teachers and parents with practical advice on how sensible sleep habits, eating well and exercise can help children cope with daily worries, to enable them to focus and thrive at school.”
Jodie Corbett, Acting Head, Lavender Primary School says: “We are delighted and honoured to welcome Place2Be’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, to Lavender Primary to join in some of our activities promoting wellbeing. As part of our on-going partnership with Place2Be, we work together with children and parents to encourage everyone to play an active role in looking after their physical and mental health, which are intrinsically linked.”
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.