HRH Princess Wales visit mental health

Princess of Wales visits Nottingham to mark World Mental Health Day

Wednesday, 11 October 2023

The Princess of Wales visited Nottingham this morning as part of a series of engagements across the country to mark World Mental Health Day. 

The Princess of Wales paid a visit to Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to hear how the university, alongside the University of Nottingham (UoN), are ensuring students have the right mental health support around them as they begin the new university year.

During her visit, Her Royal Highness spoke to Professor Katherine Linehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She also spoke to Jessica Nuttall, Union Development Officer at University of Nottingham’s Students’ Union, about how the university is supporting students with their mental health.

After speaking to the Princess, Jessica said: "It was so good seeing the importance of looking after your mental health being asked for from such a significant place and figure, and highlighting how important it is for students.”

The Princess of Wales also spoke to current students Aisia Lea, Anson Yip and Joanne Joshua about their work on the Student Wellbeing Advisory board and how peer to peer support and mentoring can help new and returning students.

Her Royal Highness was then invited to participate in activities used as an induction for new NTU students which encourages students to share experiences to help them build confidence, to proactively manage their wellbeing and raises awareness of the wide range of support networks available to them.

The Princess is passionate about ensuring young people have the right tools in place to take care of their mental wellbeing, especially in relation to understanding and managing their own emotions. She is also focused on encouraging young people to build key protective factors such as healthy relationships and communities around them which will help them to lay stronger foundations as they move through life.

The city’s universities are proud to work together to share best practice on this and many other issues as part of our ‘Universities for Nottingham’ approach to positive collaboration.

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