Duchess of Cambridge to Launch New Mental Health Project

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The Duchess of Cambridge is to launch a new mental health project for young children, in the latest initiative from the Heads Together campaign.
The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to the Family Action at Hornsey Road Children's Centre, London.

THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO LAUNCH PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AT SCHOOL

Roe Green Junior School, Brent, London

Tuesday 23rd January, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge is to launch a new mental health project for young children, in
the latest initiative from the Heads Together campaign.

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Roe Green Junior School on Tuesday 23rd January,
where she will meet with pupils and teachers, and take part in a lesson designed to help
support a child’s mental health and well-being.

Her Royal Highness will then make a speech to invited guests and campaigners, where the
details of the project will be unveiled.

Building on the success of the Heads Together campaign, The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince Harry are each driving forward a series of programmes to ensure
people can get access to the right help, at the right place and at the right time.

For The Duchess of Cambridge, supporting young people was always at the heart of Heads
Together, and is a key focus of Her Royal Highness’s work at The Royal Foundation.

One in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once before the age of
11, and many adults with mental health issues can trace their symptoms back to childhood.
In many cases, it is known that children can wait up to 10 years before effective diagnosis or treatment.

Coordinated and financed by The Royal Foundation, this project has been developed by the
youth-focussed charity partners of Heads Together; the Anna Freud National Centre for
Children and Families, Place2Be and Young Minds. NAHT, the school leaders’ association,
has been engaged in developing the initiative with guidance from Centre for Mental Health.

The formal launch event will also be attended by the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb, and
will include speeches from Simon Marshall (Director of Educational Services at Together for Children Sunderland) and Julie Greer, Head Teacher at Cherbourg Primary School, which is
taking part in the pilot of the project, as well as a performance from pupils from Roe Green.

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