The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded an important message about childrens' mental health and the need to reduce the stigma, so that more young people seek and receive the right professional help.
She is a patron of Place2Be, who are one the the organisations in our Partnership for Schools Wellbeing and Mental Health.
The Duchess is a committed champion of childrens' mental health and emotional wellbeing and is particularly concerned to ensure that children receive early intervention, so that they have the highest chance of recovery and "the brightest possible futures".
Please read more here and listen to Kate's message.
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Deputy Prime Minisister, Nick Clegg, has set an ambition for all NHS services to eliminate suicide. He was speaking at a Mental Health Conference held at the King's Fund.
He said that "suicide is one of the biggest killers of men under the age of 50 and, if this was a physical health problem, there would be national outcry."
He insisted that his goal of "drastically reducing suicides is achievable".
We attended the conference and are delighted that the deputy Prime Minister is setting this challenging ambition.
However at the same time, since more than 50% of people who take their own life don't access NHS services, we feel that this ambition needs to be combined with a major investment in our education system.
We need our children to be given the opportunity to have the knowledge, understanding and skills to keep mentally (and physcially) well. This way mental health, which is simply 'the ability to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life', will be normalized. More people will keep healthy; more people will seek help and there will be fewer suicides.
Please read more in BBC News.
On February 28th 2015 at 10.30 there will be a service of reflection for those bereaved or affected by suicide.
This will be held at St Martin in the Fields. It will be a 'time together with music, words and space for reflection for those with loss and grief… and journeying towards hope and healing.'
This is a free event, organised by St Martin in the Fields and The Alliance for Suicide Prevention Charities and, if you would like to attend, please contact http:// firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of seats you require. Free e-tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.
The Department of Education has just announced new actions to support pupils' mental health.
Mental health is at the centre of a new vision for schools set out by Childcare Education Minister, Sam Gyimah.
The Government will now be working with the PSHE Association to help schools know how to teach pupils about mental health and banish the stigma, which can leave young people feeling isolated.
This is very encouraging news and the Trust continues to support the Partnership for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools, which aims to inspire schools to place emotional wellbeing and good mental health at the heart of their ethos, culture and activities, in order to support student achievement.
Please read more here.
Last Sunday, November 2nd, Sally White completed her first marathon….on a cold and very windy day in New York City. 'Spectacular views over the Verrazano bridge…an amazing way to start a marathon'! Thank you Sally for supporting our work and we hear that you may be targeting another marathon quite soon!