The Princess of Wales features in a new video for Place2Be, one of her patronages, in an effort to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week.
This year’s theme of Children’s Mental Health Week is Let’s Connect, hopefully encouraging children to create meaningful connections with others, supporting their mental wellbeing in the process.
In the video, Princess Charlotte, royal mum-of-three, joins a craft session with pupils from St John’s Church of England Primary in Bethnal Green, speaking with the children about who they can talk to in their lives.
“Keep talking about your feelings and keep asking others how they’re doing and helping them to talk about their feelings as well,” says Kate.
Adding: “I’m a firm believer in giving children the skills that they need for life and focusing on their social and emotional development.”
Also in the video is Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be. “Children’s Mental Health Week was founded by Place2Be in 2015 and the aim is to build awareness and understanding of children and young people’s mental health,” says Roche.
“All week, schools, families, youth groups will be getting involved and taking part. People thrive in communities and when we have really good positive connections with others, that’s really, really good for our emotional health and wellbeing.”
The Princess of Wales hasn’t been resting leading up to today, as she launched her Shaping Us campaign just last week, an ambitious project aimed at raising discourse around early years development, which she describes as her “life’s work”.
Princess Catherine also shared a rare childhood photograph of herself as a baby, encouraging her followers to do the same – though they were more focused on the resemblance between Prince Louis as a baby and his mother!