Just a few weeks after taking a solo royal outing to visit a school in West London that works closely with British children's mental health charity Place2Be, Kate Middleton has partnered with the organization once again to continue her work of raising awareness about childhood struggles with mental health. The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off the UK's Children's Mental Health Week (its American equivalent is the first week of May) bright and early Monday morning by releasing a PSA, via the royal Twitter account, about her work with Place2Be.
"Childhood is an incredibly important moment in our lives. It is the time when we explore our personalities, discover the potential that lies within us and learn how we be ourselves. Our experience of the world at this early stage helps to shape who we become as adults and how we begin to feel comfortable in our own skin," the third-time mom-to-be says in the PSA. The video is filled with clips of Middleton painting and chatting with parents and students at Feltham's Reach Academy, some of whom also share their own experiences with mental health in the video. "Some children will be facing tougher challenges than others, but I firmly believe that while we cannot change their circumstances, we can ensure that every child is given the best possible support to ensure they fulfill their true potential," Middleton continues. "This is best achieved when we, the adults in their lives, work together to give children the emotional strength they need to face their futures and thrive."
The 36-year-old finishes the PSA with a call to action. "Schools and families occupy a special position at the heart of every child's life, and that is why I'm proud to support Place2Be's work this Children's Mental Health Week. Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff, or parents, we each have a crucial role to play," she says. "When we are open and honest with each other about the challenges we face, we can work together to ensure the children in our care have the chance to become the best versions of themselves."
Middleton has been a royal patron of Place2Be since 2013, in accordance with her, husband Prince William, and brother-in-law Prince Harry's commitment to advocating for improved mental health resources for children and adults alike. The duchess has made several other royal outings to increase mental health awareness in schools, community centers, and elsewhere. In November, just a few months before her visit to Reach Academy, for example, she visited London's Foundling Museum to learn about their art therapy programs and meet with families who have benefited from the museum's education and outreach program.
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