Published 17 February 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of the Anna Freud Centre. 

The Anna Freud Centre is a children's mental health charity, which is working to reduce the burden of mental health difficulties of children and young people. It provides a range of clinical services, specialist teaching and training for practitioners and pursues a programme of cutting edge research.

The patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s continued personal interest in children's mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, said: “I am honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become a Patron of the Anna Freud Centre. I’m particularly proud because I have come to recognise just how knowledgeable she is in relation to what is a complex and difficult issue that so few people genuinely understand."

He added: “It is my hope that her future work in this field will serve as a catalyst for all and that we are able to achieve the quality of care that children and their families so richly deserve.”

About the Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life. http://www.annafreud.org/

Notes to Editors

The Duchess also holds the following positions: 

Patron of Action on Addiction
Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices 
Royal Patron of The Art Room 
Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London
Patron of Place2Be
Patron of SportsAid
Patron of the 1851 Trust
Patron of The Natural History Museum
Occasional Volunteer in the Scout Association
Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadet