Last week Duchess Kate launched the Heads Together project offering a new mental health resources for primary schools across the UK.
She launched the project in Kingsbury at Roe Green Junior School. She officially opened the Mentally Healthy School’s website which offers resources for teachers to show them how to support the mental health of their pupils, ranging from issues of anxiety, to eating disorders to even bereavement. The project is co-ordinated and financed by the Royal Foundation.
The four main areas of the project are teaching resources, risks and protective factors, mental health needs and a whole school approach for school leaders.
Kensington Palace explained their reasons behind setting up the Heads Together project as seeing the need to explain more clearly to teachers, the way to approach each age group and tackle their mental health issues.
The project partners with Contact (military support organisations), Young Minds (who help young people suffering from mental health problems) and Best Beginnings (who support mental health of pregnant women and new mothers).
At the launch, Kate spoke to children about their likes and dislikes at school and also to the teachers as to how the resources can help them.
She explained in her address :
“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.
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 their physical health.
When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood”.
She is committed to helping the very young, babies, toddlers and primary school children.
The website is being trialled in 50 schools before hopefully a national roll-out by Spring.