The Duchess of Cambridge launched the newest initiative under Heads Together on Tuesday.
Speaking at Roe Green Junior School in London, the Duchess formally launched Mentally Healthy Schools, an online resource for teachers, educators and carers to support mental health in young people. It will include advice and ideas for educators.
“We know that mental health is an issue for us all – children and parents, young and old, men and women – of all backgrounds and of all circumstances. What we have seen first-hand is that the simple act of having a conversation about mental health – that initial breaking of the silence – can make a real difference,” said the Duchess in a speech at the launch.
“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 in their physical health. When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.”
Heads Together is the biggest project supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry. Last year, it was the chosen charity for the London Marathon.
While speaking to the audience, the Duchess of Cambridge reaffirmed her dedication to mental health awareness, especially amongst young people.
“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.”
The Duchess continued, talking about how Mentally Healthy Schools will be guided by teachers.
“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 said, talking to the teachers.
“Led by the Royal Foundation, with close collaboration from our Heads Together partners, this new online resource will transform schools’ access to high-quality information, and guide teachers and school leaders towards the best support out there.”
The Minister of the Department of Education was also in attendance.