As you’re already aware, the Duchess of Cambridge is passionate about increasing awareness for mental health issues. As you may also be aware, Kate doesn’t really love to speak publicly. It may be part of her increasing royal duties, but it’s never been something she’s been comfortable with. And that makes her latest appearance all the more meaningful. Because not only does she voluntarily step in front of the camera, but she has a few important things to say.
Talking Mental Health is an animated short film designed to help children begin conversations about mental health. It’s the Royal’s mission to end the stigma and shame that surrounds mental health, and the sooner people realize it’s OK to speak about their feelings, the better.
Duchess Kate introduced the PSA — created by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, of which she is a patron — that focuses on starting those vital conversations early.
In her intro, she first greets viewers and defines mental health, then proceeds to speak of the benefits that come with open and honest dialogue, whether it’s talking about one’s mental health or listening to, and supporting, those who are suffering.
“Mental health is how we feel and think,” she said. “Things that can’t really be seen but that affect us every day; and talking about them can feel difficult.”
She continued: “It helps us all to talk about our mental health: what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own, 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.”
The film, which was co-produced by children and teachers, is designed to help kids learn life skills to help them talk about “big” and “small” feelings, according to the Daily Mail. It features a group of young students who are depicted as fingerprints, and just as everyone’s fingerprints are different, so too are the emotions each one feels, as is how they are managed.
Kate has made mental health one of her primary focuses, and it’s clear it’s an issue about which she is passionate. As long as she, or anyone, can raise awareness for mental health issues, the better it will be for all of us.