Kate Middleton has spoken out about mental health in a new campaign video supporting primary school children.
The Duchess, who has recently taken a break from public duties due to extreme morning sickness, recorded the video message before the announcement of her third pregnancy.
Her video supports the You’re Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health campaign run by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and introduces an animated film about mental health.
The film, co-produced by children and teachers, takes children on different mental health scenarios and how best to cope with them.
In the video, Kate speaks about the animated film: “It helps us all talk about our mental health, what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own, and how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult.”
As part of the initiative, Kate has also written an introduction to a leaflet that aims to help parents to start a conversation with their children about mental health.
In the leaflet, Kate writes: “As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life.”
“Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up.”
“It’s important that our children understand that emotions are normal and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.”
Professor Peter Fonagy, chief executive of the Anna Freud National Centre, commented on the video’s impact: “One of the most effective things we can do is to give children the language they need to discuss mental health and encourage them to have open conversations at home and at school.”
“Helping children identify problems that they or their friends are having is the first step towards resolving those problems.”
“If we can help children who are struggling with their feelings or experiences, they will be happier and perform better at school.”