The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton launches Heads Together’s New Mental Health Project for Young Minds.
To raise a beautiful country you need to raise beautiful citizens. And to raise beautiful citizens you need to raise beautiful young minds.
Today we are launching Mentally Healthy Schools – our new initiative to support the mental well-being of young children in schools. The Duchess of Cambridge has just arrived at one of our pilot schools for the launch. We have been working with @afnccf @YoungMindsUK and @Place2Be to develop this project, with expert guidance from @centreformh and the NAHT. Follow our insta stories for live updates, or click the link in our bio to learn more. #HeadsTogether #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #oktosay #school
Dressed in a Blue Seraphine dress and coordinating Sportmax Kate Middleton arrived at Green Junior School in London. Her motive was to officially launch ‘Mentally Healthy Schools.’
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Mentally Healthy Schools
A website to give teachers and school staff the clarity and practical resources they need in order to support pupils.
"The ultimate goal is that no primary school teacher, anywhere in the country, should in future have to wonder where to turn when it comes to the wellbeing of children in their care." – The Duchess of Cambridge. @kensingtonroyal Today, Mentally Healthy Schools was rolled out to fifty pilot schools in an effort to change the conversation on mental health for young people in schools. The Duchess gave this speech about the project, what it is and why it’s so important. Click the link in our bio to watch the full speech ⬆️ @_place2be @youngmindsuk @centreformh
Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate has been a longtime advocate for national mental health resources for all ages. The Duchess has been working with her Royal Foundation to develop the primary school online portal with an £800,000 grant.
The website is currently under trails for 50 schools. The aim is make it available across every primary school in the United Kingdom by this year.
The site has four categories:
- Teaching resources,
- Risks and protective factors,
- mental health needs and
- overall approach for school leaders.
At the launch of Mentally Healthy Schools, The Duchess met with teachers & pupils to talk about why this project will make such a difference to both teachers and children in junior schools. It's a free and easy to use website for junior schools teachers, which they can use to find reliable and practice resources to help support their pupils' mental health. With 1 in 10 children experiencing a mental health issue before they turn 11, improving wellbeing in junior schools is critical. We will be piloting Mentally Healthy Schools in selected primary schools over 2018, including Roe Green Junior School, which we visited today. It will soon become available to all junior schools in England, expanding to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in due course. Click the link in our bio to find out more info. @_place2be @youngmindsuk @youngmindsuk @afnccf @centreformh #HeadsTogether #mentalhealth #school #teacher
About the Website
After having a down time she addressed the room.
“I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health. When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood,”
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“My own commitment is to the youngest and most vulnerable in their early years – babies, toddlers and school-children—and to support all those who care for them.”
Understanding the vital role of teachers in a Child’s Mental health, she address the teachers
“You see our children as they grow, learn and play, as they build their social skills that will make the difference to their futures. You are uniquely placed to help children speak out about their mental and emotional challenges, and direct parents and carers to the right support,” she continued. “I am all too aware, however, of how much we ask teachers to take on. Teachers want to help, but don’t have the time to go hunting for the best information and advice out there. You need resources you can trust. And you need to have easy access to them at all times. That is what this pilot is all about.”
In the end the future mom of three urged the teachers to give her an honest feedback.
“Please let us know what works, what doesn’t, and what else you would like to see. This project has been collaboration from day one. It will only succeed if we continue to work together.”