Following on from their visit to the YoungMinds Parents Helpline as part of Heads Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a trip back to school to learn what schools can do to provide a positive, nurturing environment for young people.
Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcomed at Stewards Academy in Harlow. There they met with students, parents and teachers to hear about the pressures faced by young people and the support that can help them get through big changes in their lives.
Back to School
This month marks the start of a new school year for primary and secondary school students – an exciting, but often nerve-wracking time for young people.
Prince William said:
The truth is, for many young people, changing schools or starting a new academic year is really difficult to deal with. Catherine and I have young children who will be going through this themselves in a short period of time, and like all parents we will want to make sure that our children are not just able to achieve their academic potential at school but are also happy and emotionally supported.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are currently fronting the mental health campaign Heads Together in partnership with YoungMinds and seven other charities, changing the national conversation around mental health by tackling stigma and encouraging people to ask for help.
Prince William said:
Sometimes getting something off your chest to someone else is an important step in coping – so you know that you’re not alone, you’re not failing, and that it is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed or sad at times. Everybody does.
10 tips for parents
It is vital that parents are supported to start conversations with their child about changes in their lives, just as children and young people are supported to ask for help when they need it. YoungMinds have worked with Heads Together charity partners Anna Freud Centre and Place2Be to put together 10 tips which can help parents start the conversation with your child.
Be sure to let us know how it goes by tagging #HeadsTogether on your social media of your choice.
Download and share Heads Together’s 10 tips for parents developed by YoungMinds with Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Place2Be for both primary and secondary school ages.