As though we needed even more reasons to love her, the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, just shared an important message about her children – and all children, really. She said she and Prince William ‘wouldn’t hesitate’ if their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, needed help with their mental health.
She hopes other parents will feel the same way too. ‘With the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young, and can have the bright future they deserve,’ the Duchess said.
The Duchess is speaking out now because she’s launching a series of podcasts with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to help parents understand and manage mental health. Each 20-minute episode of the series, called Child in Mind, will cover a topic and feature an expert, as well as a parent or young person.
‘One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child’s mental health,’ Kate said. ‘No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever, yet some children are tackling tough times without the support that can help them because the adults in their life are scared to ask. It doesn’t need to be like this.’
The Duchess is so right.
‘Throughout my work with family and child support organizations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up,’ Kate said. ‘Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.’
Of course, ICYMI, The Royal Family is no stranger to advocating for mental health among young people. Earlier this year, Duchess Kate, Prince William, and Prince Harry formed Heads Together, a charitable organization to support mental health and help eliminate the stigma associated with it. Prince William also wrote a must-read letter on father’s day discussing mental health.
The first episode focuses on childhood anxiety, and you can find the episodes on the Anna Freud National Centre’s iTunes channel as well as SoundCloud.
‘Please do listen, and share them with your friends and family and let’s change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health,’ said the Duchess.
We can’t say no to the Duchess, right?!
From the editors of HelloGiggles