Kate Middleton continues her work in addressing the issue of children’s mental health in the U.K. with a powerful message featured in a new public service video.
A new video recently released for the Children’s Mental Health Week in the U.K. showed Princess Kate talking with four kids and sharing her views about the issue of mental health amongst young people, according to E! News. The Duchess of Cambridge has been an active supporter and royal patron of children’s charity Place2Be. The four children she interviewed in the video were some of the kids who received assistance from the charity group.
In the more than 3 minute video clip, the royal mother-of-two asked the four children if they get to share their feelings with friends about personal struggles. The children responded that they sometimes do and Princess Kate replied that having the chance to talk with a friend can sometimes help. "But other times there's things that you probably don't feel you want to share with your friends but at least you've got an adult to trust and to help you,” she added.
The Duchess of Cambridge also imparted a powerful message on the issue of children’s mental health in U.K. "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."
Place2Be’s Chief Executive Catherine Roche also praised Princess Kate for her work on spreading the issue of mental health among children and removing the “stigma” surrounding it, People magazine reported. In a statement, Roche highlighted the focus of this year’s Children Mental Health Week, which started Monday, and that they were “hugely grateful” to the Duchess of Cambridge 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."
Meanwhile, apart from video clip, Prince William’s wife is also set to join the Huffington Post U.K. team for a special one day guest edit job on Feb. 17, to help spread the importance of addressing the issue of children’s mental health. As part of the preparations for the one day role, Princess Kate is set transform a part of Kensington Palace as a temporary newsroom for her and the Huffington Post U.K. team.
During her one day guest edit stint, Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother will assist to select materials and content about the issue of mental health among U.K.’s children and teens. She will also help to launch the Young Minds Matter initiative, which will tackle potential solutions about the issue.