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The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge attended ‘The Big Assembly’ by Place2Be hosted at Mitchell Brook Primary School, as part of the Heads Together campaign to start millions of conversations on mental health in 2017. The Big Assembly, on the theme of kindness, is one of many being held at primary schools across the UK to mark Children’s Mental Health Week (6th – 12th February 2017).

Their Royal Highnesses had the chance to meet staff and pupils, attend the Assembly, and present the first Place2Be ‘Kindness Cup’ to the pupil who has shown exceptional kindness in their school community and beyond. Pupils will acted role plays about being kind, and the school choir also performed.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2017 focuses on kindness, and its benefits for wellbeing. It can be difficult to know how to help someone going through a difficult time, but small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Throughout the week, Place2Be is encouraging children to ‘spread a little kindness’ in their schools and at home, for example by looking out for classmates who may be having a difficult time, listening to how they feel, and if they need it, asking an adult for help.

Place2Be is a Charity Partner of the Heads Together campaign, spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end stigma and change the conversation on mental health.

The charity has produced downloadable activities for schools, and tips for teachers, parents and children, available at www.ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.org.uk.

Place2Be is a leading UK children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. The charity works directly with more than 282 primary and secondary schools across Wales, Scotland and England, reaching a school population of over 116,000 pupils. It is one of the eight Charity Partners of the Heads Together campaign, to change the national conversation on mental health and make the 2017 London Marathon the mental health marathon.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her interest in child mental health and the importance of early intervention to provide children with in-school mental health services at the earliest stage possible.