A note from the Duchess of Cambridge
Ten years in the making
The Duchess begins her work as a member of The Royal Family by engaging with grassroots charities focused on issues of addiction, homelessness and family breakdown.
Action on addiction
The Duchess becomes patron of Action on Addiction, a charity helping people to live lives free of addiction and challenging the stigma that surrounds it. She hears first-hand about the long-term impact of poor mental health.
Female prisoners enrolled in a special addiction treatment programme talk to The Duchess about the potential for early trauma to shape life outcomes and the positive ways that this cycle can be broken for future generations.
Inspired by the understanding that mental health is at the root of many social issues, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex launch Heads Together, a national campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation around mental health.
Young People's Mental Health
In response to the rate of mental health issues amongst the young, Heads Together transforms the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon into 'The Mental Health Marathon,' encouraging millions of people to become comfortable in talking about their mental health.
Mentally Healthy Schools launch
Providing the next generation with mental health support becomes a key priority with the launch of Mentally Healthy Schools. But conversations with parents and teachers suggest that children need help even before they start school, since 46% are arriving at reception not school ready.
Early Years Symposium
The Duchess hosts a dedicated symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine to highlight the scientific link between early childhood development and later life outcomes.
Early Years Steering Group
A Steering Group of academics, scientists, practitioners and service providers is convened to consider how, by working together, we can deliver positive lasting change.
On the frontline
Shadowing midwives at London’s Kingston Hospital offers a practical immersion into the services and support available to families and the vital role that midwives play in nurturing good mental health from pregnancy.
State of the Nation survey
The biggest public study ever conducted on the early years concludes, having attracted over half a million responses to the 5 Big Questions. The study reveals that only 24% of people in the UK are aware of the specific importance of ages 0-5.
The Centre for Early Childhood
The Centre for Early Childhood is established within The Royal Foundation to drive awareness and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, to change lives, improve mental wellbeing and transform society for future generations.
The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood is a dedicated unit within The Royal Foundation, the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
While we work closely with others, we are not a grant-giving organisation and are unable to accept unsolicited requests for funding.