Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke Backs PS2m Plan to Help Children's Health

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke Backs PS2m Plan to Help Children's Health

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Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com

ANEW PS2m campaign to help address and improve the mental and emotional health of children in the North East has been launched by the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew was visiting Newcastle on the 25th anniversary of the Children's Foundation in a bid to raise awareness of one of the most serious health issues facing children and young people.

Prince Andrew was at the Mansion House in Jesmond yesterday where he talked about the Foundation's 'Because Minding Matters' campaign.

He said: "I believe exactly in what The Children's Foundation stands for because it stands for fundamental values and also it looks after young people.

"It looks after children who are probably in the greatest need for a whole range of care.

"But, more than that, the NHS, which is a wonderful organisation, doesn't necessarily have time or resources to be able to look at the rather larger base level of prevention. That is what The Children's Foundation is so good at.

"I'm a fundamental believer that prevention is so much better than having to go through the problems of cure, and it is interesting how over the years the importance of different aspects of healthcare rise and fall in what I would describe as the importance of priority.

"But it is absolutely evident that mental health, particularly for young people, today is what should concern us."

The Duke is patron of the Children's Foundation.

The charity's chief executive Peregrine Solly said: "Our appeal will raise PS2m to improve the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents in the North East of England and Cumbria.

The Children's Foundation's three main objectives are: To put child and adolescent |mental health at the heart of the region's child health agenda; To make the North East and |Cumbria the model of excellence for child mental health and resilience for the rest of the country; To use its leadership to effect | significant change, particularly by introducing and supporting early interventions backed by sound evidence. …

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