The Duchess of Cambridge is working to combat mental health stigma, one school at a time.
Kate paid a visit to Roe Green Junior School in London on Tuesday (Jan. 23) and opened up about the very real struggle faced by so many people, especially children.
Dressed in a stunning cornflower-blue ensemble – which included a Seraphine dress and Sportmax coat – the duchess met with more than 100 students – who greeted her with a song as she arrived!
Kate then took to the podium to share a heartfelt message about the necessity of destigmatizing mental health, not only for youngsters but for new parents, too.
She explained to the crowd that becoming a mother left her feeling a “lack of confidence” and “feelings of ignorance,” adding that it’s vital to talk about the hardships faced by new parents.
“My own commitment is to the youngest, most vulnerable in their early years — babies, toddlers and schoolchildren,” Kate says as she launches Mentally Healthy Schools project for @heads_together. Via @people@PEOPLEroyalspic.twitter.com/F1NeWXMQp4— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) January 23, 2018
“What does it mean to be resilient?” the mother-of-two prompted the rapt students. “We know that mental health is an issue for us all – children and parents, young and old, men and women – of all backgrounds and of all circumstances.
“What we have seen first-hand is that the simple act of having a conversation about mental health – that initial breaking of the silence – can make a real difference,” she explained. “But, as you here today know, starting a conversation is just that – it’s a start.”
With her prolific work in youth-focused initiatives – including the foundation Head’s Together , which she started with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry – Kate knows first-hand the value of this discussion.
“There is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health,” she said. “When we intervene early in life, we help avoid problems that are much more challenging to address in adulthood.”
It’s already shaping up to be a year full of charity initiatives for the young royals, who will be welcoming Meghan Markle – an advocate for women’s and animal rights – into the fold in May.