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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to support Children’s Mental Health Week

As Patron of Place2Be, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge will be supporting Children’s Health Mental Week (6-12 February). The duo will be attending ‘The Big Assembly’ which is hosted by Place2Be at Mitchell Brook Primary School.

‘The Big Assembly’ comes as part of the campaign launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to “start the conversation” on mental health. The three of them held a press conference recently to lay out their plans for Heads Together in 2017.

The theme of ‘The Big Assembly’ will be kindness, and schools throughout the United Kingdom will be holding events to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.

During the Assembly, the Duke and Duchess will present the first ever Place2Be ‘Kindness Cup’ to a student “who has shown exceptional kindness in their school community and beyond”. The royal couple will also speak to staff and pupils of the school.

A primary focus of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 will be encouraging youth to engage in small acts of kindness. Sometimes the signs that someone is having a hard time are not always visible, but that act of kindness can “make all the difference”.

Children will be able to “spread a little kindness” at home and school with the assistance of an adult.

Place2Be has teamed up with the Heads Together campaign, which has been picked as Charity of the Year for the 2017 London Marathon. The foundation has put resources on their web page for teachers, parents, and children such as downloadable activities.

After ‘The Big Assembly’, schools will be able to download the footage to assist teaching their own pupils.

Working with over 282 primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom, Place2Be is the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity. The foundation helps out around 116,000 students by providing in-school support and improving the “emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff” through training.


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