Kate Middleton calls on kids to be ‘brave’ and talk about their problems for Children’s Mental Health Week

KATE Middleton has encouraged kids to be “brave” and open up about their mental health as the “world can feel a scary and daunting place” for some children. 

The message has been released to commemorate the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, which this year focuses on the theme of “Find your Brave”. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, is a patron of charity Place2Be, which helps provide mental health support in schools and launched the mental health week initiative back in 2015.

Kate said: “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."

Kate, who is mum to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one, added that helping children to feel confident about seeking support “can have a transformational impact on their lives”. 


KATE MIDDLETON'S FULL MESSAGE

“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. 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. Learning these skills early in life can give children tools to cope with future challenges they may face in adulthood.

“I am therefore so pleased to once again support Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, which is this year focused on bravery. 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.  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.’”

The royal mum-of-three continued: “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. 

"Learning these skills early in life can give children tools to cope with future challenges they may face in adulthood. 

“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'."

Kate has proved she is passionate about child development and mental health, and recently launched her Five Big Questions on the Under Fives. 

This is a national poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Royal Foundation, which aims to give the public a say on the most important issues of raising young children.



Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be, added: "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. 

“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."

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 runs from February 3 to 9.

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