But when children are supported to have a positive view of themselves it can have a real impact on their confidence and can help them cope with life’s challenges.

This week marks the start of Children's Mental Health Week opened with a video message from Place2Be's Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. 

The theme this year is ‘Being Ourselves’ – encouraging children and young people to feel comfortable with who they are and celebrate what makes them unique.

In the message, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge said: “Childhood is an incredibly important moment in our lives. It is the time when we explore our personalities, discover the potential that lies within us and learn how to be ourselves. Our experience of the world at this early stage helps to shape who we become as adults, how we begin to feel comfortable in our own skin.”

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her interest in children’s mental health and the importance of early intervention to provide children with mental health services in school, reaching children at the earliest stage possible to tackle problems before they escalate.