The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at The Royal Society of Medicine in London on Monday to attend a conference on children’s mental health.
The Royal couple were there to widen their knowledge on children’s mental health issues as they both listened to the keynote speech at the annual ‘Place2Reflect’ event, which is put on by mental health charity ‘Place2Be.’
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a Patron of ‘Place2Be,’ is no stranger to raising awareness of children’s health issues. On Tuesday she visited the Blessed Sacrament School in Islington. Catherine discussed the counselling project M-PACT Plus, which works to help children born or growing up with families affected by drug or alcohol misuse.
The Duchess, who launched the project with comedian John Bishop last April, noted: “I have been struck by the profound and deeply damaging impact it has on the children of the affected parents. Research has shown that children of those who are addicted are seven times more likely to have addiction problems themselves.”
‘Place2Be’ is a mental health charity that provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children’s resilience through talking, creative work and play. The charity delivers services in 210 schools across the UK and they also provide support for parents, teachers and school staff.
Kate’s decision to support ‘Place2Be’ is a reflection of her personal interest and commitment to improving the mental health and well being of children all across the UK. A wealth of evidence points to a significant need for early mental health support and the charity believes that children are less likely to suffer from mental health issues in later life if they receive support at an early age.
The M-PACT Plus programme supports children, parents and families affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse and it was launched in April 2013 by Catherine and John Bishop at Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe, Manchester.