HEALTH CHECK: The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Place2Be Headteacher Conference in London and made a rare public speech on the topic of mental health issues.

A royal patron of the Place2Be charity, she spoke to teachers and leaders from schools across England, Scotland and Wales late Wednesday about ways to help children with mental health issues.

“I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children,” she said. “I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours. I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to. But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.”

She wore a gray Matthew Williamson shift dress with a jeweled neckline and cuff, an outfit she had sported in 2012 to a London premiere of “African Cats” for the Tusk Trust Benefit and Kiki McDonough earrings.

Earlier this week, the Duchess also attended the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards in BMA House in London and paid a visit to the French ambassador’s home on Tuesday. She and Prince William signed a book of condolence paying tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.

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