12 February 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge to join ATLP CEO at Mental Health in Education Conference

ATLP CEO Richard Gill will join the Duchess of Cambridge and other professionals tomorrow for the Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ conference.

The conference, which will take place in London, brings together delegates from across the mental health and education sectors to explore and discuss the benefits of collaborative working and what more can be done to tackle mental health issues in schools.

The event, hosted by broadcaster and presenter Kate Silverton, includes a full day of speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions. Her Royal Highness will listen to a number of sessions, including one on the benefits of integrating mental health modules into teacher training courses, and another on the role of school leaders in creating a culture of wellbeing in schools.

During her visit, The Duchess of Cambridge will meet headteachers from a number of schools that are currently piloting the Royal Foundation’s ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ programme. Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge in 2018, ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ is a website giving primary schools free access to hundreds of the highest quality mental health resources, helping teachers better support their pupils’ mental health. It is one of the legacy programmes from the Heads Together campaign and is being delivered in partnership with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2Be and Young Minds.

Her Royal Highness will join a meeting with teachers and specialists from the sector to further discuss the potential impact of consistent mental health teacher training, as well as the challenges facing its implementation.

This event forms part of The Duchess’ continuing work at The Royal Foundation, where much of Her Royal Highness’s focus is on supporting and promoting the mental health of children and young people.

Richard Gill said:

This event is designed to focus on how we can work to achieve lasting change for all young people. We all recognise the importance of embedding the mental health agenda across all schools to help young people feel more confident and engaged – and supported –  both inside and outside of the classroom.

I’m looking forward to meeting so many likeminded professionals at this important event, led by the Duchess, who shares our pledge to creating a culture of wellbeing in schools. Across the ATLP we prioritise mental health and wellbeing and we work with school leaders to create positive and nurturing environments where children and young people can feel supported and cared for in school. This week Stockland Green School is holding its third ‘Wellbeing Week’ where students, staff and community will come together to celebrate their dedication to mental and physical health. By working in collaboration, regionally and nationally, we can make a difference to children and young people everywhere.”

For more information please visit https://www.headstogether.org.uk/mental-health-in-education-conference/