Kate Middleton has shared a powerful message in honour of Children's Mental Health Week
Kate Middleton has shared a powerful message in honour of Children's Mental Health Week.
The Duchess of Cambridge - who is a patron of the UK children's charity Place2Be - encouraged children to be "courageous" and to share their worries in the heartfelt note.
“For many children today, the world can feel a scary and daunting place. While we might not always feel brave inside, even the smallest act – such as sharing a worry or asking for help – can be incredibly courageous," she said [via The Sun].
“Helping children to feel confident about seeking support can have a transformational impact on their lives. Being able to try new things and push ourselves outside of our comfort zone are important skills that can build children’s resilience and self-esteem," she continued. "Learning these skills early in life can give children tools to cope with future challenges they may face in adulthood."
The theme for 2020's Children's Mental Health Week is 'Find Your Brave'. And the Duchess of Cambridge added that she was "so pleased" to be supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week once again.
"Through all my interactions with the charity, I’m proud to have seen how its work is helping children, young people and adults to be more confident in looking after their mental health, but there is still much more to do," she said.
"The first step is talking about it, and recently I’ve launched a UK-wide survey on the under-fives in an attempt to get people to do just that. Our long-term ambition is to bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. I’d love schools and families across the country to take part in the week to help children and young people to ‘find their brave.’”
"This week, schools across the UK are helping pupils understand what it means to be brave. Life often throws challenges our way, and it's important that children of all ages know it's not a weakness to speak up or ask for help," Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be, said.
“We are delighted that our Royal Patron is once again offering her support for the campaign. Around three children in every class have a mental health problem, so it's vital that we reach as many people as possible with this important message."