The Duchess of Cambridge showed her ease with children and caring nature in a new video supporting Children's Mental Health Week, in which the mother of two interviews children connected with her patronage Place2Be. In the clip, Kate says that she and Prince William believe "every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives."
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During the video message, the duchess talks to four schoolchildren who have benefitted from Place2Be's work. She also touches upon the theme of this year's Children's Mental Health Week – building resilience and teaching children to "bounce forward" from life's challenges.
"Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they won't fall at the first hurdle, that they cope with life's setbacks," Kate says.
The duchess also asks how Place2Be has helped the children to talk about their feelings, to which one youngster replies: "Place2Be has helped me a lot. If it wasn't in the school I don't think I'd be able to cope as much."
Kate continues to discuss the importance of giving children the support they need "to cope, and to thrive."
"With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help," she says. "A child who has overcome challenges with proper emotional support will emerge stronger."
The 34-year-old said that her work with charities such as Action on Addiction has helped her to see that many problems in adulthood "stem from unresolved childhood issues."
"William and I feel that every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives," she adds.
For the second time Kate has recorded a video to mark Children's Mental Health Week. In 2015, she called upon fellow parents to speak openly with their children, who may be suffering from mental health issues.
Kate will continue to highlight the importance of mental health in young people when she acts as a guest editor for Huffington Post UK on Feb. 17. The Duchess will join the team in a temporary newsroom set up at Kensington Palace to launch Young Minds Matter, a new initiative to discuss the stigma surrounding the UK's mental health problem among children.