Monday marked the beginning of Children’s Mental Health Week and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the occasion by visiting Mitchell Brook Primary School in north west London.
The pair met staff and primary school children in an attempt to promote their campaign, Heads Together.
The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, who looked lovely in a red suit by Luisa Spagnoli, gave a speech about mental health.
“People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people,” she said. “The answer is quite simple – it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life. When I was growing up I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me. They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn, and I know I was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age.”
She continued: “For some children, maybe there are some here today; I know that life can sometimes feel difficult and full of challenges. I think that every child should have people around them to show them love, and to show them kindness, and nurture them as they grow. This is what Place2Be is doing so amazingly here in your school.”
“If we are worried, upset, lonely or angry – the best thing to do is to talk to someone about it” the Duchess said. “Whether that is your mother or father, a teacher or a friend. I know that in your school you have been working on a project to spread a little kindness and I think this is such an important thing to do. If you see someone who you think might need help, try and be kind to them. Keep a look out for them if they are on their own or seem sad or worried. Perhaps they just need a hug or someone to talk to. I know it is hard if you are feeling down yourself. But helping someone out will also make you feel so much better too.”
Catherine ended her speech by drawing on her own experience on the matter with her children, George and Charlotte.
She said: “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central, values like these have been to me throughout my life. That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up. In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”
Kate also awarded the first “Kindness Cup” to the child who “has shown exceptional kindness in their school community and beyond”.