We are back with a quick post about Kate’s new video in support of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week, which started today. The Duchess taped the video in her role as royal patron for Place2Be, the charity providing school-based emotional support for children.
As mentioned above, this is the first time there has been a week designated to raise awareness about the issues surrounding children’s mental health. One of the points Kate makes in her video is that the stigma surrounding the topic keeps kids from getting help they very much need, something the Duchess says needs to change.
It turns out Kate made the 2-minute video when visiting Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School last week. The Duchess was at the school for more than three hours, even making time for video conferencing with students at remote locations. More on the mental health video from HuffPo UK’s story:
She stresses that it is “not a sign of weakness to ask for help” for a child, and that helping with emotional problems can stop them developing into more serious issues later in life.
Kate also says in the video that a child’s mental health is as important as their physical health.
Place2Be has posted some stats about the topic on their website and Facebook page.
More data points from Place2Be:
- 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem
- Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties later in life if they receive support at an early age
- Depression and anxiety amongst teenagers have increased by 75% in the past 25 year
- 84% of parents felt their child’s problems were better after receiving Place2Be counseling
More on Kate’s interest in the field from Kensington Palace:
‘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.”
To show your support and/or view other posts about the topic, use the hashtag #ChildrensMHW on Twitter and other social media channels.
For anyone stateside seeking information about US efforts in this area, there is a similar week, sponsored by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
This is one of those very rare instances where I want to interject a personal note: good for Kate, Place2Be and all those supporting Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK, as well as here in the US. It’s a tough issue, one needing greater awareness to help move it beyond its status as a taboo topic.
Many readers will remember that Kate has previously done a video in support of a cause related to charities she supports; in April of 2013 the Duchess released a video in support of Children’s Hospice Week.
This year’s Children’s Hospice Week runs from May 11-May 17.
We make a very sharp turn now, briefly reviewing what Kate wore in the video.
The Duchess wore Jaeger’s Silk Tile Print Shirt Dress. From Jaeger’s silk shop, the knee-length piece features long sleeves, a placed print at the hips and hem, contrasting collar, cuffs and placket, and self belt. The Duchess has shown a fondness for dresses with placed prints, like the Prabal Gurung worn during the Jubilee Tour, or the Lasa Poppies frock by LK Bennett.
Below, a better look at the pattern, which Jaeger says was inspired by Italian architecture.
The dress is available in almost all sizes at Jaeger (£250, roughly $385), as well as at John Lewis. The pattern is used on other spring styles at Jaeger, and it also comes in a different colorway. Below you see Kate’s dress in the ‘paprika’ color, as well as two silk tops in both colors.(£175, roughly $275).
Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Green Amethyst and Diamond Drop earrings in the video.
We have a few quick links to recent news stories that may be of interest:
- The Mirror has an article looking at how Jenny Packham’s business has been impacted by Kate’s patronage
- Our second link is to a very lighthearted piece. Some may remember how much we enjoyed a tongue-in-cheek Vanity Fair story by Josh Duboff; it followed the New York trip, and in the piece Mr. Duboff revealed that Kate’s ponytail “made him want to be a better person”. (We wrote about it here.) Last week the writer tackled a new topic: the painting done by the Duchess when she visited new headquarters for the 1851 Trust and Ben Ainslie Racing.
From Mr. Duboff’s story:
It’s hard to make out the shapes of the five passengers but we’re going to assume that they’re William, Kate, George, Forthcoming Baby No. 2, and Lupo. That could totally be a dog at the end there, right?
We’ll see you Wednesday for Kate’s visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory; more info about that engagement can be seen on our Kate’s Calendar page.
- Learn more about Children’s Mental Health week by clicking here, watch Kate’s video here
- Visit Place2Be’s website here to learn more about the organization, and/or visit Place2Be’s Facebook page here
- The Mirror has posted the full text of Kate’s video, click here to read the full message (scroll down a bit)
- Read the news release about Kate’s visit to the school last week by clicking here