The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kick off day two of Ireland royal tour with engagement close to their heart

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  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started their second day of their Irish tour by by visiting an organisation which provides mental health support to young people.

    • Duchess Kate and Prince William visited Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland
    • They met a number of young people who have been supported by the charity to hear more about their experiences
    • This follows royal news that the couple were taught how to pour the perfect pint during the first day of their tour

    Jigsaw provides vital support to people aged between 12 and 25 across a range of one-to-one, community, school and online services.

    After hearing about young people’s experiences with the charity, the Duke and Duchess joined a conversation with community campaigners, teachers, parents and coaches.

    They discussed how Jigsaw’s work has a positive impact within local communities.

    What have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said about mental health?

    The wellbeing of young people is a topic very close to Kate’s heart, she recently appeared on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast to talk about the wellbeing of children.

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    Hello Ireland! 🇮🇪🇬🇧 Dia Daoibh, daoine na hÉireann! Thank you President and Mrs Higgins (and Bród the dog 🐶) for the warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the country, which will see them spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway – and highlight the many strong links shared between the UK and Ireland. Following tea with President and Mrs Higgins, The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance – a place of reflection dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence, before calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The coming days will see The Duke and Duchess meet a broad range of people, including children and young people, those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors – and are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people. #RoyalVisitIreland

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    She said, ‘The environments you spend time in: a happy home, a safe environment.

    ‘As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about.

    ‘I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations.

    ‘It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships.’

    Prince William has also long been championing mental health conversations.

    What else are the couple doing in Ireland?

    The Duke and Duchess are expected to carry out at least four royal engagements on their second day in Ireland.

    After meeting young people at Jigsaw, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also visit Savannah House, a residential facility run by social justice charity, Extern, which operates across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    The facility provides a safe space to support vulnerable young people and families who are going through challenging times.

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