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Duchess Kate Makes Surprise Visit To Show Support For University Students

Duchess Kate makes surprise visit to support university students.
October 7, 2020 - 11:18 / Clemens Fanger

Duchess Kate surprised some university students on Tuesday morning to check in on them and to find out how COVID-19 has impacted their life on campus. The Duchess of Cambridge visited Derby University and chatted with a number of students about how the pandemic has affected them and their mental health over the past few months. See the best pictures of her visit to the Midlands right here!

Duchess Catherine paid a surprise visit to university students on Tuesday morning to find out how the pandemic has impacted their lives on campus. The Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Derby University and spoke with first-year students, nursing students and those in sports societies, trying to find out in which way COVID-19 has influenced their mental health.

Duchess Kate: Surprise visit to Derby University

Her visit to the University in the English Midlands, which comes just days ahead of World Mental Health Day, saw the Duchess learning about the university's initiatives like peer mentoring and how nursing students are "buddied" up with fellow students in their year.

The buddy system is supposed to provide support for the nursing students during clinical placements, which can be quite challenging. Duchess Catherine also heard about how Derby University has provided training to the different sport societies to make sure that the students are able to support their teammates when it comes to mental health issues.

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Ahead of #WorldMentalHealthDay this Saturday, The Duchess of Cambridge visited students at @DerbyUni to hear how initiatives including peer mentoring are supporting students' mental health during the pandemic. @studentmindsorg, the UK's student mental health charity, say that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges facing student mental health, in addition to creating new ones. Even before the onset of COVID-19, both the severity and prevalence of common mental health conditions experienced by young adults was on the increase. However, like the sports societies and nursing students here at Derby, universities are continuing to explore new ways to support their wellbeing. Students across England and Wales now have access to trusted support through the coronavirus pandemic via @studentmindsorg Student Space, a programme that helps students to find support that is available locally at their university, in addition to providing online resources and direct support by phone and text. The 24/7 text support available via Student Space is delivered in partnership with @GiveUsAShoutInsta, a legacy initiative from the Heads Together campaign and was incubated by The Royal Foundation ahead of its launch in 2019.

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The Duchess looked amazing on Tuesday, sporting a gorgeous Amaia floral mask and a oversized patterned jacket over a blue sweater. She also wore a new gold necklace from All The Falling Stars with the initials of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.