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Kate Middleton warns children of how lockdown takes its toll on mental health in assembly


The Duchess addressed the effects the pandemic can have on mental health in a virtual conversation as she isolated in her Norfolk home. The event weekly assembly at Oak National Academy, is an online space created to support teachers and parents during lockdown.

Every Thursday morning, the virtual classroom, jointly with TES, hosts discussions for students across the UK.

The sessions help the pupils feel like they are attending their regular school routine.

Addressing the students Kate said: “We all have our ups and downs, especially when things change in our lives as they have in so many ways recently.

“This can cause us to have a huge range of different feelings.

“Sometimes these feelings may be good, but sometimes they may be uncomfortable, and we feel worried, angry or upset.”

She added: “Being unable to see your friends or spend time with your family will undoubtedly be frustrating for you, just as it is for them.

“It’s been a really difficult time for us all. But it’s important to know that these feelings and frustrations are totally normal, and that they won’t last forever.”

The mother-of-three also engaged in a conversation with the pupils’ parents.

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“As we help others, we mustn’t forget to nurture ourselves by taking the time to focus on the things that make us feel happy too,” she said.

“This might be playing our favourite game, being outside, or talking to our friends.

“They all help with our mental wellbeing. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today.

“Look after yourselves, reach out when you need help, and do your part to support those in need.”

During the video call with Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool, the Duchess spoke to students whose parents have been working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.


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