The Princess of Wales, Catherine, marked the “Children’s Mental Health Week‘ with a visit to St. John’s School in Bethnal Green. The Children’s Mental Health week is celebrated by her patronage Place2Be every year in February since 2015. The Princess has lent her support to the annual initiative every year. The Week aims to build awareness and understanding of children and young people’s mental health and highlight the importance of early intervention to address issues before they become more serious.
The theme for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Let’s Connect’ and focuses on the importance of making meaningful connections with others to support our mental well-being. We are encouraging people to connect with others in healthy, rewarding, and meaningful ways.
To mark the start of #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek, Place2Be’s Royal Patron The Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) met with primary school children to discuss the importance of supporting children’s #mentalhealth, and connecting with others. 💛
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— Place2Be (@Place2Be) February 6, 2023
Kensington Palace released a video from the school visit in which The Princess of Wales sat down with school children during an arts and crafts session and took part in creative activities to help them think and talk about who they feel most connected to in their lives.
Speaking during the visit, The Princess of Wales said,
I’m delighted to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week yet again, and it’s lovely to be here at St. John’s Primary School. It’s been wonderful to speak to so many children here about the importance of connections and the important people in their lives too.
The event came at a very appropriate time. Last week, The Princess of Wales launched a milestone awareness campaign ‘Shaping Us’ to raise awareness about the first five years of the Child’s life.
You might remember that the Princess of Wales visited the same school ahead of the Shaping Us project last month.
Earlier this weekend, Kensington Palace a lovely photograph of The Princess of Wales with her father, Michael Middleton, as part of the awareness campaign. The picture was taken by Catherine’s mother Carole Middleton. Sharing the picture on social media, The Princess of Wales wrote, “‘Faces are a baby’s best toy’. On Tuesday we launched #ShapingUs to raise awareness of the vital role our early years play in shaping the rest of our lives. This weekend, we’d love for you all to spend time with your friends, families, colleagues and communities talking about your early childhoods and how they’ve shaped your lives. I hope you’ll also consider joining me in sharing a picture of yourselves before your fifth birthday to help with those conversations and to share some smiles and memories too. C “
In the video, The Princess of Wales was wearing her Arket Breton Top that she first wore in May 2019 when she and William launched the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup.
Catherine paired the top with her L.K.Bennett Frieda Crepe Trousers debuted in February 2022 when she visited PACT in London.
She topped the trouser with her Anderson Crocodile Embossed Belt
And she was wearing her Spells of Love Alia Hoops
On Wednesday, The Princess of Wales will visit Landau Forte College Derby with Captain Preet Chandi MBE. Captain Chandi just returned from her solo expedition across Antarctica. The Princess of Wales became the patron of ‘Woman’s Solo Trek Across Antarctica’ in October 2022.