A mental health programme the Duchess of Cambridge helped set up two years ago has been expanded to include Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as England.
- Duchess Catherine set up the programme, Mentally Healthy Schools, two years ago
- The website gives primary school teachers and staff access to mental health resources
- It was announced that Mentally Healthy Schools is now ‘UK wide’ on Monday
- It follows royal news that the Queen’s unique parenting style will be revealed in new documentary
The Duchess of Cambridge will no doubt be celebrating after receiving some good news about a mental health service she helped launch two years ago.
Mentally Healthy Schools is a website offering primary school teachers and staff access to mental health resources and was founded by the Anna Freud Centre, Place2Be and YoungMinds – working in collaboration of the Heads Together campaign.
The programme was first launched back in 2018 and was taken over by The Anna Freud Centre – another of Catherine’s patronages – back in April this year.
The Anna Freud Centre shared the good news on Monday on Twitter, writing, “#MentallyHealthySchools is now UK-wide! Teachers across the UK can ﬁnd curriculum-speciﬁc resources, a resource library ﬁlterable by country & relevant guidance on a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing.”
It comes after teachers, pupils and parents have endured months of home-schooling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During lockdown Catherine, 38, led a virtual assembly using resources from the Mentally Healthy Schools website and addressed the importance of talking about our mental health.
The mum-of-three said, “Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better. And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need.
“Small acts of kindness can go such a long way. But as we help others, we mustn’t forget to nurture ourselves, by taking the time to focus on the things that make us feel happy too.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the Heads Together campaign back in 2017 in a bid to normalise the conversation around mental health.
It has seen them working in partnership with inspiring charities to change the national conversation on mental health.
What an inspiration!