Prince George’s first day of school was undoubtedly a huge milestone for the Royal Family, but as exciting as it was, there was one thing missing from the adorable scene: his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. Pregnant with her third child, Kate Middleton was reportedly suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (or, in lamen’s terms, morning sickness) that forced her to skip the big event. She’s finally feeling well enough to drop her son off each morning, and the process has the Royal sharing a few thoughts on motherhood with the rest of the world that many can relate to.
“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,” the 35-year-old mother of two said at the opening of the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum on Wednesday. “Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff, or parents, we are all in this together.”
Using the point as a reference to address the issue of mental health in schools, Middleton continued on, adding, “Collaborating with experts like yourselves, we’re looking at providing easy access to information and practical tools to support teachers, parents, and children [to] feel comfortable talking about their mental health. We are all here today because we share the belief that every child deserves the chance to fulfill their potential.”
Place2Be currently provides children’s mental health services to 282 primary and secondary schools, reaching more than 135,000 students in an effort to help them learn to cope with a variety of tough issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, neglect, and trauma.
While Middleton’s support of mental health initiatives is well-known, it looks like her experience with motherhood continues to give her further insight into how we can support each other and our children each and every day.
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