Lending her voice to a great cause! The seven months pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has released a brand-new PSA in honor of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week. In the clip, Kate Middleton, 33, speaks out in favor of the school-based emotional and mental health services provided by the group Place2Be.
“Both William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown and more,” Middleton said. “Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic, leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and self harm.”
The video was recorded at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School in Beckenham, England where Middleton played the ukelele last week. Prince William‘s wife wants to demolish the stigma of mental health issues, saying, “A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. William and I sincerely believe that early action can prevent problems in childhood from turning into larger ones later in life.”
Prince George‘s mom has worked with Place2Be since 2013.
“As Royal patron of Place2Be The Duchess of Cambridge is a committed champion of issues related to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing,” a rep for Kensington Palace said in a statement. “Her Royal Highness has seen that issues such as addiction, poverty, abuse, neglect, loss and illness of family members, can have a long-lasting and traumatic impact if left unsupported. The Duchess of Cambridge is especially concerned with early intervention mental health support for young people, to tackle these issues at the earliest possible stage, so that children have the brightest possible futures, as they deserve.”
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