In the video, the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, talks about the importance of a strong foundation in the development of a child, which should begin at an early age.
The Duchess, 34, who has been the Royal Patron of children’s mental health charity Place2Be since 2013, is supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2016. The campaign focuses on helping children to overcome stressful situations and boost their self-confidence.
“Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life’s setbacks,” Catherine said, referring to a classroom at Salusbury Primary School in London. “This resilience, our ability to deal with stressful situations is something we begin to learn in childhood as we respond to each challenge and problem life presents.”
In the video, Duchess Kate also talks with children from Salusbury Primary School about how they get over difficult times.
— Place2Be (@Place2Be) February 9, 2016
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, also recorded a video last year in order to support Children’s Mental Health Week, which took place between February 16 and 22.
Last year, Prince William’s wife attended the Place2Be Headteacher Conference where she granted a speech about the importance of children’s mental health in their development as adults.
“I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children,” she said. “I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours. I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued, and listened to.”
“But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges,” the Duchess added.