Last week, we saw mom Kate walk her children to school. Not only George and Charlotte, but Kate is very much part of the school community too.
During the summer, the Duchess attended a meeting at St. Thomas’ Battersea. The royal, whose mission is to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health, was there to attend a special talk given by mental health campaigner Hope Virgo. The chat covered everything from body image issues to how pupils can emotionally support each other.
According to PEOPLE, “Kate came up and personally spoke to me afterwards, which was nice,” Virgo revealed. “We spoke about the work that I do in schools, particularly for younger people, and we spoke about the importance of early intervention and prevention. She was very chatty and friendly.”
The session also involved a 75-minute chat with Year 7 and Year 8 students. We get them to think about the kind of emotions they feel throughout the week, and what causes those emotions,” explains Virgo.
“It’s about being kind to themselves and not constantly comparing themselves to everyone around them.”
They ended the chat with a Q&A with the students followed by a 90-minute chat with parents too. “They were all really positive about it. They just want to help their children to feel okay. They want to get involved to actually support them in the right way.” Of Kate, she adds, “We ended up talking about how to get young people to think about mental health more broadly.”
Both mom Kate and her husband William along with Meghan and Harry are known for supporting a number of mental health initiatives. Recently, they have joined forces yet again to launch Shout: A new free text service which will provide 24/7 support for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
On Monday, Prince William visited the Fire Fighters Charity’s Centre at Harcombe House to mark Emergency Services Day. Chatting to volunteers from the service he said: “I’m aiming to set myself up for it, I really want to do it. Even if I can only do an hour on my laptop. I want to do the training and be able to help.”
Shout volunteers receive 25 hours of online training before dealing with members of the public.
If the call is deemed an emergency with a real risk to life, then it is passed onto the relevant emergency service.
To start a conversation with a trained volunteer, the members of the emergency services community can text BLUELIGHT to 85258.