The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken out about the crucial role schools play in tackling mental health problems early in life.

Addressing school leaders and mental health experts at Place2Be’s headteacher conference in London, she spoke about how the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are “almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges”.

She added: “As headteachers you have the chance to reach tens of thousands of children during your careers, and make an impact on a great scale.”

The duchess also raised the importance of early intervention: “Parents, teachers and other school staff need the tools to help these young people early in their lives. And the earlier, the better. It is proven that early action prevents problems later in life.”

The Place2Be charity provides in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

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