Place2Be’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, joined pupils, teachers and School Leaders to celebrate the inspiring ambassadors of positive mental health in Place2Be schools.
In a speech at the ceremony, The Duchess said:
"I have been privileged over recent years to visit a number of schools and to meet the teachers, volunteers, and parents who make Place2Be's work a reality. Together, you ensure your students know they have somewhere to turn, someone who will listen, or simply a safe place to escape."
The Duchess added:
"As you all recognise through your support of Place2Be, even the luckiest people can face great challenges. No matter how invincible we seem on the surface, all of us need help from time to time. This is why William, Harry and I have set up the Heads Together campaign. We want to end the stigma surrounding mental health that stops people getting the help that and support that they so desperately need."
The Awards, kindly supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, recognise the exceptional contribution that so many different people in the school community make to supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Place2Be partner schools were invited to nominate school leaders, teachers, support staff, parent champions, child champions and Place2Be counsellors who go above and beyond to enhance the life of the school community. Winners in the nine award categories were announced in front of 350 guests. The winners were selected from almost 100 entries.
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Place2Be President, Dame Benny Refson, DBE said:
“The Wellbeing in Schools Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work that happens in Place2Be schools to champion positive mental health for children and young people. In a world where we hear so many stories of stigma and fear, it is important to celebrate the brave and inspirational champions, who do so much to ensure than no one in their communities is ever afraid to ask for help when they need it.”