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The Duchess of Cambridge to attend child mental health awards

Published 22 November 2016
The Duchess of Cambridge with a child

The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards on Tuesday 21 November.

As Patron of the children's mental health charity Place2Be, The Duchess will attend the event at Mansion House in London where she will present the Child Champion and Young Person Champion Award.

Her Royal Highness will also meet some incredible children and young people, who have worked not only to overcome challenges themselves, but have also been open about their experiences in the hope of encouraging their peers in school to do the same.

Place2Be works with schools to give young children support at an early age, so they are better equipped to work though their issues in childhood.

Mental Health is an important priority for The Duchess and Place2Be is part of the Heads Together campaign, which The Duchess is leading with The Duke and Prince Harry to challenge stigma around talking about mental health.

The Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards are open exclusively to Place2Be partner schools who were invited to nominate inspiring ambassadors who have shown a remarkable commitment to championing children and young people’s mental health.

These are the second Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards and recognise the work of school leaders, teachers, support staff, parent champions, child champions and Place2Be colleagues who go above and beyond to enhance the life of the school community.

The charity works directly with more than 282 primary and secondary schools across Wales, Scotland and England, reaching a school population of over 116,000 pupils.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her interest in child mental health and the importance of early intervention to provide children with in-school mental health services at the earliest stage possible.