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Duchess of Cambridge opens mental health charity’s new HQ

09 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

The Duchess with Jo and Ruby from Albion Primary School, in Rotherhithe, where Place2Be has been providing mental health support for 16 years

THE Duchess of Cambridge has officially opened the new Clerkenwell headquarters of a children’s mental health charity.

Place2Be, in City Road, provides emotional and therapeutic support to children in schools, working alongside and helping to train school leaders and teachers.

Its new centre in St John Street will help the charity train mental health professionals.

At the opening on Wednesday, the Duchess, who is expecting her third child, said: “We know that schools have a vital role to play in creating an emotionally healthy culture for children.

Place2Be chair of trustees Simon Mackenzie Smith watches the Duchess unveil a plaque

“Schools, however, cannot and should not have to manage all this alone. School leaders and teachers need expert guidance and training to develop their own approaches to supporting children’s mental wellbeing.

“As its patron, I am incredibly proud of the contribution that Place2Be is making towards exactly this.”

She unveiled a plaque to mark the building’s opening.

Place2Be chief executive Catherine Roche said: “We hope our new building will become a centre for excellence in children’s mental health, driving progress through evidence-based practice, professional development and research.

“It will enable us to increase our impact by ensuring more children and young people get the support they need.

“We are, as always, grateful to our royal patron for her support and commitment to children’s mental health.”

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