While Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton may be known for her royal status and fashionable outfits, this week, she is making headlines for other reasons.
According to People, the royal released a new PSA discussing mental health issues for children. In the three-and-a-half minute video, Middleton met with schoolchildren from the Salusbury Primary School in London, asking them if they feel they can talk comfortably with their friends at school.
A part of the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week in the United Kingdom, the video shows Middleton talking with kids about Place2Be, a charity that “provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools.”
Speaking on the importance of providing children with mental health resources, the princess said, “Every child deserves to grow up feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks.”
Adding that some children struggle with life’s challenges, Middleton said, 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.”
The PSA follows several school visits, says People, in which she gave a public address on the issue and joined husband Prince William in confronting the shame surrounding mental illness.
Catherine Roche, Place2Be’s chief executive, praised Middleton for her work to bring awareness to children’s mental illness.
“Children’s Mental Health Week which this year focuses on the benefits of building children’s resilience as a key life skill to help cope with life’s difficult situations, both in childhood and into adult years,” she said. “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.”