Kate and William partner with charity to launch new initiative close to their hearts

Kate Middleton shares support for Children’s Mental Health Week

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are championing Children’s Mental Health Week, which spans from February 1-7. The special week is run by Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity, and William and Kate have joined one of their exciting projects to encourage children to express their emotions.

Kate and William announced the initiative on their official Twitter account, where they urged children to express their feelings through art.

The post said: “Partnering with @Place2Be, we asked children from Ribbon Academy in Durham to express their feelings through creative drawing.

“See below to see how you can get involved.

“This week we’re encouraging parents and children around the world to create a drawing and at the end of this week, we will share more of your inspiring sketches – please share using #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek and tagging @KensingtonRoyal.”

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The idea involves a blank drawing of a person and children are asked to express how they are feeling by drawing and writing on the poster.

So far, some children have coloured it in, placed stickers and other crafts on the paper and added descriptions such as “excited”, “tired”, and “love”.

The project is meant to encourage children to express how they are feeling and do so creatively, fostering the theme “Express Yourself”.

Place2Be focuses on improving children’s mental health that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.

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The charity was founded in 1994 and offers a range of services in over 600 schools across the UK.

Kate is patron of Place2Be and has been since 2013.

The royal helped launch the charity’s first-ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 and has supported the campaign ever since.

The Duchess of Cambridge recorded a message of support to mark the start of the campaign.

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During the video, where she films herself selfie-style, Kate 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.”

She added: “And while this is Children’s Mental Health Week 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.”

Kate delivered the message while wearing a navy bobble hat and a dark puffer jacket.

She filmed the clip while out on a jog on the grounds of the Cambridge’s Norfolk Estate, Anmer Hall.

Place2Be is one of the charity partners for the Heads Together, which was launched by Kate, William and Prince Harry in 2016.

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