Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge launched, “Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, February 8 – 14, 2016.”

This #ChildrensMHW The Duchess talks about the vital role of schools in providing emotional support saying: “Schools are uniquely placed to provide emotional support, working with children and their families – this is something that Place2Be understands. I am incredibly proud to be their Patron.” The four children in the video have all benefited from Place2Be’s ‘whole school’ approach to good mental health which includes a break-time service available to all children who want to talk through and help understand issues that might be troubling them. Children’s Mental Health Week comes as Place2Be publishes a survey of the National Association of Head Teachers’ members revealing that two thirds of all primary schools in England do not have a counsellor in their schools.

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Place2Be is a London based national charity that provides emotional support for 105,000 school children, in 257 schools nationwide. Daily challenges facing the students often include a breakdown of their family, dealing with bereavement, neglect, domestic violence, bullying and trauma.

In an interview for Place2Be HRH said, “Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they wont fall at the first hurdle. Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from, but for some children, learning to cope with life’s challenges can be as struggle.”

The Duchess is also the official Royal Patron of Place2Be and spoke at their 2015 Headteacher Conference:

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