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Duchess of Cambridge launches NAHT-backed mental health initiative

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched a new website, Mentally Healthy Schools, that offers primary schools access to quality-assured information, advice and resources to support their pupils’ mental health. 

NAHT has played an active role in developing the initiative from the start. Currently in its pilot phase, the Mentally Healthy Schools website is not due to open to the public until the spring. To help with the development of the website, the Royal Foundation is working closely with 50 schools to gather feedback and review new materials. 

The Foundation hopes that the site will “contribute to improved prevention of problems, de-escalation of difficulties and more effective help for children with mental health problems.” And the plan is to expand the initiative into Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as into secondary schools in the future.   

During her speech at Roe Green Junior School in Brent (on Tuesday 23 January 2018) where she thanked NAHT for its part, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “I am all too aware…of how much we ask our teachers to take on. Teachers want to help, but don't have time to go hunting for the best information and advice out there. You need resources you can trust. And you need to have easy access to them at all times. That is what this pilot is all about.”

 Sarah Hannafin, NAHT senior policy adviser, said of the project: “School leaders have been clear that they need access to high-quality resources to help schools work in supporting children’s mental well-being. 

“This new website will be a fantastic practical resource for schools, drawing together quality-assured and useful information and resources into one place. We’d encourage all primary school leaders and their teams to bookmark it.” 

Read the Duchess of Cambridge’s full speech.

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First published 29 January 2018