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Our Royal Patron

Our Royal Patron

As part of her commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, we are honoured to have HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as Place2Be’s Royal Patron.

Since her patronage began in 2013, Her Royal Highness has helped us to shine a spotlight on our vital work across the UK.

We have been delighted to introduce The Duchess to pupils, families and staff at several Place2Be partner schools and to host her at special events, including our school leaders’ forum.

We were honoured when the Duchess opened our new London headquarters in 2018.

School leaders and teachers need expert guidance and training to develop their own approaches to supporting children’s mental wellbeing. They also need access to a pool of experienced, well-trained mental health professionals, who can step in when things are more complex or serious. As its Patron, I am incredibly proud of the contribution that Place2Be is making towards exactly this. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Place2Be’s Royal Patron

Children’s Mental Health Week

Her Royal Highness helped Place2Be launch the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 and has supported the campaign since, encouraging more people to get involved and spread the word each year.

Visit the Children’s Mental Health Week website

Heads Together

Place2Be is one of the charity partners for the Heads Together campaign, which was launched by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2016 to end the stigma around mental health.

Visit the Heads Together website

Mentally Healthy Schools

Place2Be is one of the partner charities for the Mentally Healthy Schools website, which was launched in 2018 by the Duchess of Cambridge as a legacy of the Heads Together campaign. The free website offers school and college staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

Visit the Mentally Healthy Schools website


Place2Be works in partnership with Shout, a free, 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis which was piloted in some of our partner secondary schools. The site was launched nationally by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2019.

Visit the Shout website

News & blogs

Look back at Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 graphic

Look back at Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

This years' theme was Growing Together, and we explored the different ways that we can grow, and help others to do so too.

The Duchess of Cambridge sitting with blankets and owl teddies reading a bedtime story

The Duchess of Cambridge to read CBeebies Bedtime Story for Children’s Mental Health Week

Place2Be's Royal Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, is to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.

Girl smiling next to magnetic board that says Mentally Healthy Schools

Mentally Healthy Schools launches resources for secondary schools and FE colleges

The mental health hub for schools has expanded its offer to include resources for secondary schools and FE colleges.

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