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Place2Be School Leaders Forum opened by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge


Place2Be’s School Leaders Forum, hosted by UBS, brought together senior leaders from schools that work with Place2Be for a special one-day conference. 


The event, which was entitled “I’m Fine!” and took place in UBS’s state-of-the-art auditorium, was opened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Place2Be’s Royal Patron. 

Delegates shared ideas, knowledge and practical insights about how best to positively affect children's mental health and provide practical support to children, young people and their families in the school environment. 

They heard presentations from Head Teachers of Place2Be Partner Schools as well as a line-up of leading experts in child psychiatry, psychology and research including Professor Sir Simon Wessely who delivered a keynote on mental health and illness in 2017, Professor David Veale, Dr Richard Graham, Professor Louise Howard, and Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke. 

Addressing school leaders and mental health experts at the Forum, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge said:

"As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child."

"Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents we are all in this together.

"We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their future lives and thrive."

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be said: “In 2017, more people than ever before, and especially younger generations, are having conversations about mental health, and feel more comfortable and confident to seek help for issues they might be facing. The challenge remains, however, that not enough children and young people are able to access that help when they look for it. All too often, schools or families are left to fend for themselves, and the long term consequences of a lack of early support can be devastating and costly.”

UBS has supported Place2Be for over 10 years, principally through the charity's work at the Bridge Academy, a secondary school in Hackney that was established by UBS Community Affairs.

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