To mark Children’s Mental Health Week, which begins tomorrow, Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a selfie-style message. She is encouraging parents to look after their own wellbeing.
Kate filmed the candid video suring a jog in the grounds of Anmer Hall, Norfolk, where she is spending lockdown. She can be seen wearing a cosy navy beanie with a huge fluffy bobble and a quilted Barbour jacket.
The Duchess said: “This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself – about finding creative ways in which to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings.
“So whether that’s through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry – it’s finding those things that makes you feel good about yourself.”
The Duchess of Cambridge continued: “And while this is Children’s Mental Health Week there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too.
“Last year you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritise. This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too.
“Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.”
Kate usually records a video message each year to support Children’s Mental Health Week. But, this video marks the first time she has taken such an informal picture or video of herself to be made public.
Last, week the Duchess opened up about being left “exhausted” by homeschooling George, Charlotte and Louis, during an online chat with parents over their experiences of lockdown.
She said: “I think as parents you’ve the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.
“Personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything, but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted.”