As part of their visit to Wolverhampton to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday (Thursday 13 May) visited Base 25, which offers emotional wellbeing support to children and young people.

During their visit to the charity, based on Wheeler’s Fold in the heart of the city, Their Royal Highnesses found out more about the Mi Choice service commissioned by HeadStart Wolverhampton, the City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group to support children and young people experiencing mild to moderate emotional wellbeing concerns.

Mi Choice helps people aged from 3 to 18 – or 25 with special educational needs – deal with issues such as anxiety, depression and stress, or who are engaging in risk taking or disruptive behaviours or are living with families experiencing difficulties, and provides a range interventions including counselling and group work.

Alan Jarvis, Head of Service at Base 25, said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to show Their Royal Highnesses first hand the support that Base 25 offers.

“Their visit will put a national spotlight on the diverse range of techniques that we use when supporting often vulnerable young people and their families in Wolverhampton through our Mi Choice service.”

Kush Patel, Children’s Innovation Lead at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “It was fantastic that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got to see first hand the amazing emotional wellbeing support that Base 25 offers to young people and families in our city.

“The service works tirelessly to ensure that any young person who approaches them gets the support that they need and deserve.”

Base 25 works with around 9,000 young people, providing a range of services for them and their families. To find out more, please visit Base 25.

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health, hosted annually by the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme is centred around nature and the important role it can play to help improve mental wellbeing, as well as its power to prevent or aid recovery from poor mental health.