Kate Middleton Writes Powerful Letter About Children's Mental Health

The Duchess wrote the letter as Patron of Place2Be, an organization which provides mental health support in schools across the UK.

Nowadays, children's mental health is never far from the headlines as parents are attempting to understand and support their children's mental health, arguably more than ever before.

The questions on many parents' minds are, how can we raise our children in a world which can be scary at times? How can we understand them and support them in the way that they need?

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched a UK-wide survey about raising the next generation. The survey is called "5 big questions on the under 5s," and is the next step in Kate Middleton's continuing work in the field of early childhood development.

As Patron of Place2Be, Kate Middleton understands the worries and anxieties that many parents face when it comes to their children's mental health and is determined to do all she can to help aid in mental health support for children.

According to Town and Country Magazine, Place2Be has held a Children's Mental Health Week in the UK every year since 2015. This year, the theme is 'Find Your Brave' - attempting to show children and parents alike that asking for help is the brave thing to do.

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Kate has written a letter as Patron of the organization, which reads,

"For many children today, the world can feel a scary and daunting place. While we might not always feel brave inside, even the smallest act—such as sharing a worry or asking for help—can be incredibly courageous. Helping children to feel confident about seeking support can have a transformational impact on their lives.

Being able to try new things and push ourselves outside of our comfort zone are important skills that can build children’s resilience and self-esteem. Learning these skills early in life can give children tools to cope with future challenges they may face in adulthood.

I am therefore so pleased to once again support Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, which is this year focused on bravery. Through all my interactions with the charity, I’m proud to have seen how its work is helping children, young people and adults to be more confident in looking after their mental health, but there is still much more to do.  The first step is talking about it, and recently I’ve launched a UK-wide survey on the under-fives in an attempt to get people to do just that.  Our long-term ambition is to bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. 

I’d love schools and families across the country to take part in the week to help children and young people to ‘find their brave."

Sophie Gavin

Sophie is the Junior Content Executive at Family Friendly HQ.

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