The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the new headquarters of children’s mental health charity Place2Be in London today.
The Duchess, who is Patron of Place2Be, is an organisation that provides emotional and therapeutic support to children in schools, working alongside school leaders, teachers and parents.
The London headquarters will provide state-of-the-art training facilities to enable Place2Be to train more counsellors, teachers and school leaders. The new facility will also be the new home for the charity’s research and evaluation teams.
The Duchess, who will have her third child next month had the chance to learn more about the training provided as well as research conducted in the area of children’s mental health.
Catherine is keen on supporting mothers, teachers and parents to ensure children have the best possible start in life.
HRH had the chance to take part in discussion with mental health professionals who have completed one of Place2Be’s accredited child counselling qualifications, as well as School Leaders who have participated in the charity’s Mental Health Champions programme.
Following the discussion, she went on to met staff and pupils from one of the charity’s longstanding partner schools, Albion Primary School in Rotherhithe. Place2Be has been providing mental health support for pupils, families and staff at the school for 16 years.
A roundtable with members of Place2Be’s Research and Evaluation team and the independent Research Advisory Group presented how the charity takes their research and evidence and formulates it into their programmes.
Before ending her engagement, The Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a plaque to mark the building’s opening.