On Wednesday 31 January, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their visit Sweden. The agenda included visits to Karolinska Institutet and Matteus School, and a reception at Fotografiska.
The Crown Princess Couple and the Duke and Duchess began their day at Karolinska Institutet, where they found out about the work involved in combating mental ill-health among children and young people. Discussions included the links between physical activity and mental health. Vladimir Carli, who researches suicide prevention at Karolinska Institutet, spoke about methods for encouraging young people to talk about mental health.
Professor Danuta Wasserman, Director of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at Karolinska Institutet introduced Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM), a health-promotion and preventive initiative that aims to improve mental health and reduce suicide attempts among school children. The project is being run by researchers from NASP in association with Stockholm County Council.
The Duke and Duchess and The Crown Princess Couple then continued to Matteus School, a primary and lower secondary school in Vasastan, Stockholm, to find out about the school's work with the YAM project. Minister for Education Gustav Fridolin and the City of Stockholm's Vice Mayor for Schools and Education Olle Burell also took part in the visit.
YAM promotes discussion and develops skills for coping with life's difficulties, as well as raising awareness of mental health issues. The programme has proven to be effective in a study of more than 11,000 school pupils in ten EU countries.
The next item on the agenda was a visit to the NK department store. The Duke and Duchess and The Crown Princess Couple saw an interactive exhibition about British design and met representatives from British design and fashion companies working in Sweden.
During the afternoon, The Crown Princess Couple received the Duke and Duchess at Haga Palace.
In the evening, a reception was held at Fotografiska in Stockholm, where the invited guests included representatives from the worlds of music, film, TV, art and sport.