Yesterday, November 8, Kate Middleton, as Patron of Place2Be, attended the Place2Be School Leaders Forum where she gave a speech to open the Forum.
The Place2Be School Leaders Forum, held at UBS’s auditorium, is a one-day conference bringing together senior leaders from schools that work with Place2Be. Delegates shared ideas, knowledge, and practical insights about how best to positively affect children’s mental health and provide practical support to children, young people, and their families in the school environment.
Kate opened the Forum with a speech, saying:
“Four years ago, when I became Patron of Place2Be, I believed what you all know to be true: that getting support to children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes later in life. Schools and teachers are at the heart of this support, and have a crucial role to play. You know your pupils. You know their circumstances. You can spot when a family’s having a tough time. You occupy a special position because you can identify issues and take action when it’s most needed.
“Parents also have a key role to play in this support system. As a mother just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that It takes a whole community to help raise a child. Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents – we’re all in this together. We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their futures and thrive.
“I’m proud that The Royal Foundation is playing its part too after the Heads Together campaign. Collaborating with experts like yourselves, we’re looking at providing easy access to information and practical tools to support teachers, parents and children feel comfortable talking about their mental health.
“We are all here today because we share the belief that every child deserves the chance to fulfil their potential. When I came to this conference two years ago, I left with a real sense of energy and passion about what we could all achieve together. And I’m looking forward to learning even more today.”
I don’t know if it’s me or Kate’s monotone way of speaking, but I am having a hard time concentrating on what she’s saying in this video – I’m so bored that I can’t focus on her words. Having said that, I am glad that she gave a speech.
In addition to Kate’s speech, she ‘wrote’ a message for the Forum program.
“As proud Patron of Place2Be since 2013, I am delighted that more and more people in the UK are having open and honest conversations about their mental health. The idea that talking about worries and asking for help is as normal as talking about the common cold is something that Place2Be introduces so well to children and young people as part of everyday school life. I firmly believe that the earlier we can equip children with this understanding, to help them cope with life’s unavoidable challenges, the more chance we can have of preventing damaging and deep-rooted adult mental health problems.
“Despite the great progress that has been made since Place2Be was founded 23 years ago, there is much to be done. Children and young people struggling with their mental health often wait many years between first experiencing symptoms and receiving help. Parents too often feel ashamed or to blame if their child needs professional mental health support. Teachers can still receive little or no training to help them understand and support their pupils’ emotional needs.
“Place2Be’s life-changing work with schools, alongside specialist mental health services, tackles each of these issues. In the 282 primary and secondary schools Place2Be works with, pupils, family members and teachers know they have someone to turn to whatever challenges they may be facing. In addition School Leaders who take part in Place2Be’s Mental Health Champions programme can go back to their schools inspired and equipped to make them more ‘mentally healthy’. The 1,000 counsellors and mental health professionals that Place2Be trains every year can become more confident and skilled in supporting children and young people at the earliest stage, before problems grow.
“Every parent wants a positive future for their children. I am delighted to continue to support Place2Be’s vital work that seeks to create a world where all children have the opportunity to grow up with bright prospects.”
This is the best written message Kate has ever produced. Clearly Catherine Quinn is already an improvement.
For fashion, Kate went new, opting for the “Eloise Tunic Dress” in Plum from Goat ($640.00). This dress mostly looks like a sack, but there is room for her growing stomach should she choose to repeat the dress later in her pregnancy. I do love the button detailing at the shoulder, though. Buttons aren’t my thing, but Kate loves them and having them on the shoulder like this adds the same interest a brooch does, so the buttons are a win for both Kate and I here.
Kate accessorized with her Mappin and Webb Empress earrings, her Cartier watch, her Mulberry Bayswater clutch in black suede, and her Tod’s block heel pumps.
Catherine Quinn was seen accompanying Kate for this event.