Duchess Kate's next public appearance is for a cause that's near and dear to her heart

Sarah Walker

Duchess Kate's next public appearance will touch on two things near and dear to her heart: children and mental health! On Tuesday (Feb. 5), the Duchess of Cambridge will pay a cheerful visit Lavender Primary School and Alperton Community School to mark Children's Mental Health Week.

Kensington Palace made the announcement on Monday (Feb. 4), saying the 37-year-old hopes to find out more about support being offered to youth when it comes to their well-being. As a mother of three, Kate knows a thing or two about the importance of early childhood support.

Last year, Prince William's wife marked the start of the poignant week with an impassioned video encouraging children to open up about their emotions. "Childhood is an incredibly important moment in our lives," she said. "It is the time when we explore our personalities, discover the potential that lies within us and learn how to be ourselves. Our experience of the world at this early stage helps to shape who we become as adults, how we begin to feel comfortable in our own skin."

Kate and William visited the BBC in support of The Duke's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. Photo: © Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images

She then asked adults to help guide youth in their mental health journey, saying: "Some children will be facing tougher challenges than others, but I firmly believe that while we cannot change their circumstances, we can ensure that every child is given the best possible support to ensure they fulfill their true potential. This is best achieved when we, the adults in their lives, work together to give children the emotional strength they need to face their futures and thrive."

The Duchess of Cambridge recently visited another youth-focused organization, Lewisham charity Family Action. Duchess Kate (and her megawatt smile!) were on hand to help commemorate the organization's 150th year of service, as well as celebrate the launch of their new family helpline, FamilyLine – a free service that connects families in need to those who can best help them.

While inside Family Action's headquarters in the south London area, Kate listened intently to the charity's CEO David Holmes, learning about what can be done to better support the country's at-risk families.

The loving mother of three – Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and eight-month-old Prince Louis – also took part in a role-playing exercise, seeing first-hand how the counsellors at Family Action jump at a moment's notice to help their clients.

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