Place2Be, a charity supported by the Duchess of Cambridge, has released a video message that calls for schools, teachers and the public, to remember the importance of mental health in children.
Kate’s maternal instinct was evident as she spoke to the children about their feelings and how they cope when they feel sad.
‘Do you all talk to your friends about your feelings?’, the mother-of-two asks, to which some of the children reply ‘Sometimes’.’Sometimes it does help, doesn’t it?’, the Duchess continues. ‘But other times there’s things that you probably don’t feel you want to share with your friends but at least you’ve got an adult to trust and to help you.’
One of the children admitted to Kate that the program was helping her with school. “when I feel sad, I don’t do my work sometimes.”
Through Kate’s outside work, focussing on addiction and mental health in adults, she highlighted the importance of providing care from an early age.
“Through my work in areas like addiction, I have seen time and again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood frequently stem from unresolved childhood issues’, she says in the video. “This needs to change. William and I feel that every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives.”
“This Children’s Mental Health Week, we want to support schools to prioritise the emotional well-being of their students, alongside academic success. By ensuring every child is given the emotional support they need, we are giving them a firm foundation for the happy healthy future they deserve.”
Kate and William’s tireless work to combat social stigmatism of addiction and mental health problems is a cause they continue to stand by.
In a bid to shine a light on the issue of mental health in young people, the Duchess will be guest-editing The Huffington Post UK on Wednesday 17th of February.
Kate’s new role will see her utilise the space to launch Young Minds Matter, a new initiative that aims to break down the stigma surrounding the problems associated with mental health among children.
Read more about the Duchess of Cambridge’s charity work here.