HRH The Princess of Wales and Royal Patron of Place2Be met with primary school children to discuss Children’s Mental Health Week [6-12 February 2023] and the importance of connection.
To mark the start of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, running 6-12 February 2023, with the theme of ‘Let’s Connect’. The Princess of Wales, Patron of Place2Be, met with primary school children in east London to discuss the importance of supporting children’s mental health, and connecting with others. Place2Be is the leading children’s mental health charity behind the Week. Children’s Mental Health Week follows the launch of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood’s new Shaping Us campaign.
In an exclusive video released on 6 February, The Princess joins children at St John’s CE Primary School in Bethnal Green as they take part in creative activities to help them think and talk about who they feel most connected to in their lives.
The Princess builds paperchains with the children and discusses the importance of connecting with others including family and friends. One pupil told The Princess “connecting releases our emotions to other people that we care about”.
Discussing emotions, and how they manage difficult feelings such as anger or sadness, one of the pupils tells Her Royal Highness, “I take deep breaths in, then I drink a glass of water”. As the conversation comes to a close, The Princess encourages pupils to keep talking about their feelings and to continue to check in on each other.
Her Royal Highness has supported Children’s Mental Health Week since it was launched by Place2Be in 2015. The Week aims to build awareness and understanding of children and young people’s mental health, and 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 wellbeing.
New data and insights from Place2Be show that nearly 78% of young people supported by the charity last year felt socially anxious, but with support, two thirds of those with severe difficulties saw an improvement in their mental health. For Children’s Mental Health Week 2023, the charity is encouraging children and adults to connect with others in healthy, rewarding, and meaningful ways.
Place2Be’s Chief Executive, Catherine Roche, said: “We are delighted to have the support of our Royal Patron HRH The Princess of Wales to help shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting mental health from an early age.
“As the children of St John’s Primary have shown, taking part in activities and having positive conversations that help us connect with others, make us feel so much better. This Children’s Mental Health Week we are encouraging everyone to make time to connect.”