Sunday, 31 January 2021

"Please Look After Yourself": The Duchess' Children's Mental Health Week Message

To mark the beginning of this year's Children's Mental Health Week, the Duchess of Cambridge recorded a video message outdoors at Anmer Hall. "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. 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. This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too. Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care."

Hello! reports:

'The Duchess of Cambridge has encouraged parents to find things to make them feel good about themselves as she enjoyed a jog in the grounds of her Norfolk home in a candid video. In the selfie-style message, Kate, 39, highlighted the crucial need for parents and carers to look after their own mental wellbeing.'

This year's Children's Mental Health Week runs from February 1-7. The theme is very much focused on creativity, as referenced in Kate's message. 'Express Yourself' is centred on the ways children and adults can unwind together through art, poetry, dance, photography or film.

Place2Be notes:

'Last year, Her Royal Highness launched her landmark survey on the Early Years, ‘5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives’, which aimed to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. The research revealed that whilst 90% of people acknowledge that maintaining parental mental health is crucial to support the health and happiness of their child, in practice the majority of parents struggle to prioritise their own wellbeing. '

To mark Children's Mental Health Week in 2019, the Duchess memorably visited two primary schools in London to find out more about the support offered to students, teachers and parents to help with mental wellbeing. The Duchess wore a grass green Eponine London dress for the outing with her L.K. Bennett Marissa boots and Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.

The Duchess was asked to bring something that made her feel good. The Mail Online reports Kate told the youngsters: "I’ve got something. It’s not very big. Do you want to see it? This is a photograph of my family. These are my children and this is my husband. And my family makes me feel happy. And we like playing outside together and spending lots of time together as a family. And that makes me feel very happy."

This year, the Duchess was casual in her Barbour Longshore jacket.

The £159 piece in navy/marigold is described as, "The ultimate utility jacket, this piece from Barbour is designed with a funnel collar to keep out the chill, exposed zip front fastening and doubled-up pockets on either breast panel."

Kate wearing the jacket in Northern Ireland last February.

Kate's pom pom beanie has not yet been identified, I expect it's a past season piece. If searching for an alternative there are some excellent options available at Etsy.

22 comments:

  1. Kate has really found her niche with family and mental health issues. It makes me wonder if some of the family members in William and Kate's family, who have been open about their mental health struggles, were an inspiration for the Cambridge royals to emphasize mental health and the importance of early intervention.

    I have the black suede boots she is wearing with the green dress and they are very comfortable.

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  2. Thanks Charlotte. It is a wonderful idea to encourage caregivers and parents during this trying time. Being outdoors and walking or jogging is a great way to refresh your body and mind...it makes me want to do the same. Kate is so versatile in the ways she presents her messages of goodwill.

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  3. Zora from Prague31 January 2021 at 19:09

    Well done Kate!
    (and the beanie is sweet :))

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    1. I agree Zora!!! Love the message and the beanie!! cc

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  4. I am glad Dss Kate is so committed to this. At present it is more help needed all over the world. Not just children but also some adults need help. All people especially children need interaction with others and this is helpful to everyone. Great she is doing such a good job.

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  5. It sure has to be a past season piece, Jemimah on the royal forum identified it as being a belstaff item to which several members are in doubt. One member in particular (Rahma in Quwait) is in search of it. Please share

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  6. Hi Charlotte, Admin, I believe it is the same beanie as the one she wore in Sweden Jan, 2019, just in another color, but it has the same ribbing & style. I think it is the Eugenia Kim 'Rain' Faux-Fur Pompom beanie, it is possible since she needed
    Many different items and colors in a very cold country, also she likes the color grey/blue. It is an idea to help your search.

    I am having a hard time sending this, so if you get a few of these not finished, please delete this last line and all the others and this one I think came out the best as an Suggestion for you.

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    1. That's an excellent suggestion, thank you!

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  7. She is doing so well, a great asset. Well done

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  8. That meme about “70% of parents feel judged by others....” says a lot.

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  9. Wasn’t that green dress two years ago?

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  10. My focus of interest is the experience of the child in a stressed family environment and also the absence of a secure, loving bond with Mother. An article written by Andrea Leadsom for the Guardian in 2012 explores the outcomes of stress at this early age and the lifelong effects of the deprivation of a bond - often perpetrated by Mother's lack of a secure, loving bond.
    From this emerged "what can be done about it?" This is where HRH Duchess's work seems to begin...and whom may find the work involving PIPS ( parent, infant, partnership) supportive and helpful in the huge task of changing how this damaging cycle contines. You opinion and comments would be hugely valued. Thank you

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  11. im glad t that the duchess cambridge is present to check everyone 3 of in these fight these covid situation remining its take care ourselves in these time

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  12. Please can someone enlighten me? Is Kate reading the message from her 'phone?

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  13. Possible idea for a new Kate post, readers share their favourite Kate 'moment'.

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    1. And also the duke's most coveted action.

      Merk

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    2. Good suggestion, Martha. I'll get mine ready just in case! Haha

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  14. Kelly from Texas2 February 2021 at 14:51

    I take a lot of mental health breaks reading YOUR blog. Thank you for your hard work!

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  15. She is so beautiful in any hat she wears. This is just adorable!

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  16. Hello, do you know is Duchess Kate will answer for letter, which I sent in January on her brithday? Greetings from Poland😊

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    1. Hello, you should receive a reply from the Palace. It might take a while though :)

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