The Duchess of Cambridge has shared a touching message to young people, urging them to help their mental wellbeing by expressing themselves through mediums of art.
The Duchess, who grew up in Berkshire, shared a video message on social media ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week.
The mother of three highlighted the need for children to share their thoughts and feelings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Appearing in a pom-pom hat whilst exploring the great outdoors, she said: “This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is all about expressing yourself – about finding creative ways in which to share your thoughts, ideas and feelings.
“So whether that’s through photography, through art, through drama, through music or poetry – it’s finding those things that makes you feel good about yourself.”
Last week the future queen spoke with fellow parents over zoom, where she said her husband, Prince William, had been her greatest support throughout the pandemic, as the ongoing struggles of homeschooling had left her ‘exhausted’.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children; Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2.
In the meeting, which is available on YouTube, she said: “I think as parents you’ve the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives, would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.
“Personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything, but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted.”
The royal has shown a vested interest in children and their mental health. Last year she launched a survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives’ and discussed the results of the couple’s shared Instagram page.
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, young people are encouraged to get involved with a range of digital programs that will help them to express themselves in creative ways.
In the video, Kate added: “There has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too.
“Last year you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritise.
“This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too.
“Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.”
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