MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: Place2Be, a charity of which the Duchess of Cambridge is a patron, has released a video featuring the young royal discussing the issue of mental health.
In the video, the duchess sits with kids from the charity and speaks about the importance of aiding children coping with problems.
“Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle — that they cope with life’s setbacks,” she says in the video. “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. But for some children, learning to cope with life’s challenges can be a struggle. While we cannot always change a child’s circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope, and to thrive. With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help. A child who has overcome challenges with proper emotional support will emerge stronger. 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. William and I feel that every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives. Schools are uniquely placed to provide emotional support, working with children and their families — this is something that Place2Be understands.”
This is the second video that she has recorded for the initiative. Last year, the duchess made a public speech addressing the topic in London.
The duchess will continue her work acting as a guest editor for Huffington Post and will focus on stories pertaining to children’s mental health and well-being.
On Sunday she joined in the festivities marking the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets in London.