The Duchess of Cambridge has appealed to children struggling with mental health issues to take care of themselves and seek help.

In a new video, filmed during a visit to the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families charity, Kate stresses the importance of how a “simple conversation can make things better”.

“Mental health is how we feel and think. Things that can’t really be seen, but that affect us every day and talking about them can feel difficult,” the 35-year-old Royal says.

She explains how an animation released by the charity and targeted at children, will help viewers learn how to “talk about our mental health”.

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“What to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own,” she continues.

“And how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult.

“Sometimes, it’s just a simple conversation that can make things better.”

A very important discussion we should all regularly have with our children!

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  • She delivers the message very well.


  • She is such a wonderful role model for today’s children and what a powerful message to give.


  • What a wonderful message she gives to children. So important for children to be able to discuss what they are feeling.


  • It’s great to see the issue of mental health becoming more mainstream. Hopefully it will strengthen many relationships and reduce the number of suicides in our society.


  • it is an important message and kids often don”t understand their emotions or why they feel that way. great job at sharing this issue kate


  • Its so important to keep communicating with your children over such serious issues – sometimes children can’t recognise and/or logically appreciate the issues involved with mental health and/or bullying and we need to broach the subject with both clarity and gentleness.


  • Very important indeed ! But don’t forget that kids need help to recognize and give words to their feelings as well !

    • They do indeed need help and the tools to recognise and express their feelings.


  • Kate is one amazing woman,good on her!


  • Well done Kate, such an important issue and delivered beautifully.


  • I love Kate. She seems so kind.


  • Very good of Catherine to talk about these important issues. Too many kids hide their feelings. And that way make problems even bigger. And they feel so incredibly lonely.


  • It is most certainly a very important message for all children to hear and to know.


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