Duchess of Cambridge launches new mental health website for schools

The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a new mental health initiative today [Photo: Getty]

The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a new website to help children access better mental health  support in school.

The mental health and wellbeing of children has always been a top priority for the Duchess and later today she is due to launch a new online portal which aims to provide comprehensive advice and ideas to teachers and staff.

Mentally Healthy Schools is the latest initiative from the Heads Together campaign launched by the Duchess alongside her husband Prince William and Prince Harry which aims to highlight gaps in mental health provisions.

The mental health and wellbeing of children is an issue close to the Duchess’ heart [Photo: Getty]

Kate is due to visit Roe Green Junior School, Brent, one of the schools that have been trialling the new site, to officially launch the online resource.

Though there are currently lots of mental health resources for teachers available, Mentally Healthy Schools, has been specially created to help them talk to children about issues ranging from bereavement to anxiety to eating disorders.

Speaking about the new site Kensington Palace said: “Teachers and staff play a pivotal role in a young person’s life, but they currently struggle to find the right resources in order to provide the most effective support for children in their care.

“Up until now, the array of online resources has been difficult to navigate; it is often unclear whether items are expertly verified, and teachers are often unsure how appropriate the advice is for their particular age-group or issue.”

The new website is part of the Heads Together Initiative launched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry [Photo: Getty]

The Duchess, who is currently pregnant with her third child, is already mother to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, has regularly spoken about the importance of encouraging children to open up about mental health issues.

“We need to help young people and their parents understand that it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help,” Kate previously said in a video, which was filmed at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School in Beckenham.

“A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.”

The news comes as it was revealed that the Duchess could be planning a home birth for her third baby.

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