The Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) of whom she is a patron of, at The Orangery in Kensington Palace.
She then met Tyrell Llewelyn, who she also met once at a particular visit to the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in 2015. He is now back in conventional school after being sustained by AFNCCF, and Kate told him “well done” on his accomplishment.
She also met Wayne Llewelyn and he said, “It makes a difference that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken an interest in this.”
AFNCCF said they were “delighted” to have the Duchess of Cambridge as their patron, showing her their support for their new Centre of Excellence.”
Kate is expecting her third child with the Duke of Cambridge in April, was seated at a table and when a movie was shown during the evening featuring Tyrell, he made a joke aimed at the Duchess which just made her giggle.
The menu consisted of:
butter-poached chicken breast
baby leeks wild mushrooms
pat and black olive crumble
Szechuan pepper ice cream
They also talked about the establishment of the £39 million Centre of Excellence which is currently being erected and in production. Through Bryan Ferry who also provided the entertainment at the event which was hosted by Kate Silverton, a media commentator and mental health campaigner. Kate conveyed and expressed the work of theirs as “incredible.”
Kate Silverton stated this:
“What we experience when we are very young goes a long way to influencing the adult we become.
Children’s mental health is one of the most important issues for society today and finding solutions to achieving balance and wellbeing as adults has to start with understanding the importance of our early years.
“Using evidence-based research is crucial to that understanding, and it’s why I’m delighted to be supporting the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Their Centre of Excellence for children and families, bringing together clinical practice, research, policy makers and the families themselves will transform mental health services for children and families in the UK and beyond.”
The Duchess stayed at the gala for an hour & 40 minutes as she had to leave before the auction began. (Royals are not allowed to be present at auctions) Before going, Kate Middleton made sure to say goodbye to Kate Silverton.
The chief executive of AFNCCF, Peter Fonagy, said that the royal is
“very interested in maternal mental health… She’s particularly concerned that mothers’ mental health plays a major role in this and that we are able to support mothers to support their children.”
A source also called the Duchess of Cambridge a “perfect patron” who is always eager and desirous to learn more about the organisation and mental health in particular.
According to Kensington Palace Her Royal Highness “has a continued desire to draw attention to child mental health issues, and the important work that AFNCCF is doing in this space.”
The Duchess of Cambridge released this statement:
“As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life. Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up.
“It’s important that our children understand that emotions are normal and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.”
The vision of AFNCCF is – “a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. We will continue to promote resilience and well-being in children, young people and families, as we have for over 60 years.”
Peter said “One of the things that we are interested in is intervening as early as possible in children’s lives to improve their chances of good mental health throughout life.”
Most research takes 70 years to benefit people on the ground. We want to see the instant implementation and benefits from our research. What we can do in this new centre of excellence will be unique in this country, maybe even in the world.”
For more information you can check out Anna Freud’s website
The Anna Freud’s aim is to transform current mental health provision in the UK. By improving the quality accessibility and effectiveness of treatment.
Their vision is where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.
They aim to continue to promote resilience and wellbeing in children, young people and families as they have for over 60 years.
I particularly like their mission to transform the experience of children with mental health issues by doing the following.
• Carry out research to improve understanding of mental health and resilience and to evaluate and improve the treatments and services children and families are offered. Develop new approaches, tools and services that aim to support children, young people and families in distress.
• Teach and train a new generation of clinicians and researchers in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally.
• Take a leading role in the development of policy and practice in the UK and beyond to ensure that it is built on science, tested experience and has the input of children, young people and their families.
• Creatively collaborate nationally and internationally in partnerships which jointly develop a step change in child mental health and wellbeing.