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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend mental health summit

October 8, 2018

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend mental health summit

Prince William and Kate Middleton will attend the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit on Tuesday.

According to its website, the invitation-only summit will ‘bring together the world’s political leaders, innovators, experts by experience, policy makers and civil society to share the most effective and innovative approaches to mental health and psychosocial disabilities.’

In 2016, the Duke and Duchess, along with Prince Harry, launched the Heads Together campaign, aiming to reduce the stigma of discussing mental health as well as raise money to support those affected by mental ill health.

The Royal couple have been invited to attend a workstream at the summit on Children, Young People and the Next Generation.

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Mental health support to be offered to all NHS doctors in England

A new mental health support scheme will support all doctors working in the NHS in England.

The scheme was announced by NHS chief Simon Stevens at last week’s International Practitioner Wellbeing conference. It will build on NHS England’s nationally funded programme for GPs and trainees suffering from mental health issues that was launched in early 2017.

Currently, support for the mental health of hospital doctors falls to NHS Trusts or Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), but provision is not universal.

Stevens said: ‘The NHS is significantly improving mental health treatment for patients, but sometimes their doctors need our support too. This new funding will help all NHS doctors by providing a safe, confidential non-stigmatising service to turn to when they are struggling and need help. It means the NHS will now have the most comprehensive national mental health support offer to doctors of any country’s health system in the world. Ultimately it will be patients and not just their doctors who will benefit.’

Open procurement for the new service will begin over the next six months.

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94% of Bristol University students have signed up the ‘mental health alerts’ – a new initiative that will allow staff to alert parents if their child is experiencing mental health problems.