The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Young Minds Matter Campaign Focuses On Supporting Children With Mental Health Issues

The Duchess is going to be getting creative...

Kate Middleton has landed a new position – and it’s got nothing to do with being a Duchess, we’ll have you know.
In between her charitable work and being a royal, Kate has managed to find time to nab a new guest-editing role at The Huffington Post, which began today.

As well as writing blogposts for the website Kate will be using her position to highlight the mental health issues of young children and their families and launching the new Young Minds Matter initiative.

The Duchess’ first blogpost for the website, explains how as parents her and Prince William ‘would not hesitate to seek help for their children is they believed they needed it.’ Adding: ‘We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.’

Kate’s advocation of the initiative comes as a new study by the HuffPost UK revealed that 32% of parents admitted that they would worry it would make them look like a bad parent if their child(ren) had a mental health problem.

A press release from Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duchess of Cambridge has made the mental health of young children a key focus of her work in recent years. She is delighted that The Huffington Post will help put a spotlight on this important issue…[she] will be commissioning contributions from a number of leading figures in the mental health sector as well as from young people, parents, and teachers.’
And editor Stephen Hull said he is ‘thrilled’ to have Kate on board as a guest editor.
‘Dealing with mental heath issues has been a major editorial focus for us and I’m very excited to be working together on such an important project,’ he said.
Back in November 2015 Kate made a speech for children’s mental health charity Place2Be as one of their patrons, so this latest position is very fitting. Kate will be using her opportunity to shed a light on the work of other mental health professionals and we’re hoping that we’ll also see an editorial contribution from the Duchess too.
Perhaps she can obtain a little advice from her mother, Carole Middleton, who’s written columns on party-planning columns for two publications last year. Then again her sister Pippa has published a recipe book, so Kate could get a little guidance there too. (The two sisters were also rumoured to be launching their own organic food business last year.)
Either way, Kate’s family are sure to support her latest endeavour highlighting mental health issues in the UK – as it’s a topic that is rarely discussed in the media.
We can’t to read her selection of articles…
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