The Duke of Sussex Will Mark World Mental Health Day in Nottingham

The Duke of Sussex meets schoolchildren at a Queen's commonwealth canopy and woodland tree planting, at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in west London. Picture date: Wednesday March 20, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics


Thursday 10th October 2019

On Thursday 10th October, World Mental Health Day, The Duke of Sussex will return to Nottingham to visit two community initiatives in St Ann’s, Nottingham, which aim to improve the opportunities for young people and support them from becoming involved in youth violence and crime through a combination of early intervention, mentorship, and training: EPIC Partners mentoring at Nottingham Academy, and Community Recording Studio (CRS).

The Duke will visit Nottingham Academy to join an EPIC Partners Nurture Session with students discussing mental health and emotional wellbeing. EPIC Partners provide early interventions in local primary and secondary schools to help children and young people to build confidence, self-esteem, aspirations and develop resilience to better cope with real-life issues.

His Royal Highness will meet a new cohort of Year 7 and Year 8 students who are benefitting from the mentoring scheme which encourages young people to better understand their thoughts and actions. The Duke will meet once again with project coordinator Chantelle Stefanovic. The session will also reunite His Royal Highness with a number of students he met on his last visit to the school. The Duke will hear how they have progressed and are now acting as role models to younger girls.

The Duke of Sussex will then join a school assembly with Year 11 students who, within their Personal, Social and Health Education lessons, have been focussing on keeping their minds healthy. The lessons have focussed on exam stress, school/home life balance and how to handle feelings of being overwhelmed. The Duke will be invited to join discussions and share some of his own experiences.

Afterwards, the Duke of Sussex will visit Community Recording Studio (CRS) in St Ann’s, a charity that teaches young people film and video skills as well as music, and provides access to professional equipment and key industry contacts. The charity has been running for over 20 years, and was founded by members of the local community who have first-hand experiences of the needs of those growing up in the area. The Duke will meet some of the young people who are developing a new Hip Hopera that highlights mental health issues – they will share some of their personal experiences with the Duke, before performing an extract of the Hip Hopera.

St Ann’s in Nottingham is a community that is very special to the Duke. His Royal Highness has spent a significant amount of private and public time in the city and has visited Nottingham Academy on several occasions. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Nottingham Academy in November 2017 as their first official visit following their engagement. Community Recording Studio has also been at the heart of the Duke’s work in Nottingham.

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