Duchess of Cambridge rally teachers, parents to help kids with mental illness

Kate Middleton reportedly gave her longest speech to date in London on Wednesday, November 18 calling  for support from parents and teachers to children suffering mental illness.

The Duchess of Cambridge recorded a rare address urging the UK to help mental health issues

Kate Middleton reportedly gave her longest speech to date in London on Wednesday, November 18 calling  for support from parents and teachers to children suffering mental illness.

Her landmark speech lasted three and a half minutes at a  gathering of teachers brought together by the charity Place2be,

"I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to. But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges," Princess Kate said.

The royal mom, in a gray dress by Matthew Williamson, further said: "I am sure you will agree that all children deserve time, attention and love from the adults in their lives. These basic qualities are so much more valuable than the always-changing material and social concerns that can seem so important to young people.

"As today's theme reminds us, many children – even those from stable, happy homes – are finding that their heads are just too full. It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future," she continued

In her speech, Kate also noted, "Many will arrive through your school gates feeling a real lack of love and devotion in their lives. This often leaves them feeling insecure and without confidence and trust in the world around them. That is why your work is so important."

"Parents, teachers and other school staff need the tools to help these young people early in their lives. And the earlier, the better. It is proven that early action prevents problems later in life. " she ended.

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