New Film About Kids’ Mental Health Gets Boost from Duchess of Cambridge

If you’ve ever had morning sickness while pregnant, you know it can be serious business.

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And if you did not experience morning sickness while pregnant…no one really wants to hear from you.

Yes, morning sickness doesn’t care who you are or what you do — if it’s coming for you, it’s coming for you, even if you happen to be Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Poor Kate has struggled with severe morning sickness during her previous pregnancies, and her third is no different. However, the Duchess recently managed to fight through the ick to film a short video introduction for one of her main causes, mental health awareness.

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And she looked RADIANT, which is UNFAIR, but ANYWAY.

The Duchess ‘s video spot runs before a new animated film from the You’re Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health campaign. The film–created cooperatively by teachers and children–sets up several mental health scenarios that young people might regularly encounter, and talks about how one might navigate each of them. The importance of talking about your feelings is stressed, as well as being a listener for someone else who needs to talk.

“It helps us all talk about our mental health, what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own, and how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult,” says the Duchess of the animated short.

The You’re Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health campaign is a project of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The center is named after Anna Freud (the daughter of none other than Sigmund Freud), who was a leader in the field of child psychoanalysis. The Duchess has been a dedicated champion of mental heath awareness and stigma reduction amongst people of all ages since marrying into the royal family, and it looks like not even a case of the horrendous Pregnancy Barfs will keep her from this important work.

As Kate says, “It’s important that our children understand that emotions are normal and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.”

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