Tonight Place2Be and Kensington Palace have released a video message that was recorded by the Duchess of Cambridge in her role as Royal Patron of Place2Be. The video was recorded for the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week which is 8 – 14 February.
In the video the Duchess spoke of how she and the Duke of Cambridge want all children to get the support they need during difficult times to help them overcome challenges. The Duchess believes schools need to prioritize the mental wellbeing of their students in addition to academic success to allow every child to have a “firm foundation, for the happy, healthy future they deserve”. The Duchess continued: “While we cannot always change a child’s circumstances, we can give them tools to cope and thrive.”
As we watch the Duchess interact with a group of children, she asks them: “Do you all talk to your friends about your feelings too? Sometimes there’re things you probably don’t feel like sharing with your friends but at least you’ve got an adult you can trust.” A little boy asked Kate if she would have liked a Place2Be at school: “I would love to have had it. I think everyone would really benefit from having something like a Place2Be and being able to talk.”
Today’s video was produced by BAFTA’s in-house production team, and was extremely well done. The team made sure that the kids were as at ease as possible, something I am sure that Catherine had a had in as well. You can see the personality of one of the little boys come out when he thought taping had finished, something we have seen Catherine do as well.
Catherine’s message touched on causes for poor mental health in children while giving a tiny nod to another of her patronages.
“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.” and highlighting the vital role of schools in providing emotional support, saying: “Schools are uniquely placed to provide emotional support, working with children and their families – this is something that Place2Be understands.’