To launch the second annual Children’s Mental Health Week, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge has released a powerful video message highlighting how things need “to change” to give every child the best start in life.
Mother-of-two Kate said she and her husband William “feel that every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives.”
The video shows the Duchess chatting to primary school children who have directly benefited from the school counselling charity Place2Be, enforcing the view that schools have a hugely important role in ensuring kids are mentally healthy.
The Duchess is Royal Patron of Place2Be, which started Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015.
This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week runs from Feb. 8 to 14 and its focus is on “the importance of building children’s resilience and their ability to cope with life’s stressful situations.”
Speaking directly to camera in the video, which was produced by BAFTA’s in-house production team, Kate says: “Every child deserves to grow up feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks. This resilience — our ability to deal with stressful situations — is something we begin to learn in childhood, as we respond to each challenge and problem life presents. Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from.”
Watch the full video below:
“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. This needs to change,” she adds.
Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be said: “Place2Be’s work in over 250 schools and our training for school staff focus on understanding a child’s behaviour and helping them to manage their emotions in a positive way. We are hugely grateful to The Duchess for helping to remove the stigma around children’s mental health and for shining a spotlight on the value of supporting children in school from an early age.”
Place2Be are running a hotline for Children’s Mental Health Week offering guidance for parents and carers on their children’s mental health. The Freephone number is 0808 168 9144 and it will be available during the following hours:
Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.