The Duchess of Cambridge has encouraged children to be comfortable in their own skin as part of a campaign to safeguard children’s mental health.
Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, also said adults should help children by giving them the ‘emotional strength’ they need to thrive.
In a video, recorded for Children’s Mental Health Week starting today, the duchess said: ‘Childhood is an incredibly important moment in our lives.
The Duchess of Cambridge has encouraged children to be comfortable in their own skin as part of Children’s Mental Health Week
‘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.’
The duchess filmed the video during last month’s visit to Reach Academy in Feltham, West London.
The school is one of 282 that receive support from the charity Place2Be, which set up the mental health week three years ago.
Kate, who has been patron of Place2Be since 2013, continued: ‘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 fulfil 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 charity has launched a campaign called Being Ourselves, to help children tackle low self-esteem and encourage them to embrace their individuality.
Kate (pictured with London primary school pupils) said adults should help children by giving them the ‘emotional strength’ they need to thrive
It says children compare themselves negatively to others, especially online.
Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be, said: ‘This Children’s Mental Health Week we are encouraging everyone, and especially children and young people, to focus on what makes them who they are, and to celebrate their unique qualities and strengths.
‘We’ll all face difficult times in our lives, but helping children to have a positive view of themselves can help them find the inner strength and resilience to cope with those challenges.’