Duchess Catherine of Cambridge

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The Duchess of Cambridge set to open new Centre of Excellence

Duchess Catherine’s visit to the Anna Freud NCCF organisation ties in with her work around child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention.

Duchess Catherine of Cambridge

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Kensington Palace confirmed that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – a Patron of the Anna Freud NCCF since 2016 – would visit the Pears Family school ahead of the official opening of the new centre.

Catherine will meet with children and their families at the school and will be participating in a music class.

The Anna Freud NCCF (National Centre for Children and Families) supports a growing number of children who struggle to cope with ill mental health. The new centre in King’s Cross will care for 48 vulnerable children.

The vision of the centre is to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing by providing a space for scientists to turn their research into solutions.

The goal is to create a hub where research-based practice and innovation can be implemented in schools and other community-centred services.

The organisation received a £40m capital appeal for the new centre and have raised an additional £15m through fundraising projects.

Catherine, a mother to three toddlers, has been working towards raising awareness for mental health for quite some time. Back in 2016, the Royal Foundation launched the Heads Together campaign to eliminate stigma.

The campaign aimed to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing and worked closely with young people, charities, veterans and medical personnel.

The Royal Foundation said at the time that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue.”

“Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. They want to help change the national conversation.”

In March, Duchess Catherine visited the Lavender Primary School in support of Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week.