The Duchess of Cambridge has taken a stand against the stigma surrounding the UK’s mental health crisis among children.
Since marrying into the royal family in 2011, Kate has championed many worthwhile causes and amazing charities. However none have seemed to strike such a chord with the young Duchess, as the charities she supports that focus on children’s mental health.
After it was revealed that 1/3 of parents would worry about looking bad if people discovered their child had a mental health problem, the Duchess of Cambridge decided it was time for a change. The mum-of-two launched ‘Young Minds Matter’ with the Huffington Post. Through this they hope to, “lead the conversation with children about mental and emotional health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and understood.”
As part of the series, Kate hosted the charities, mental health experts and writers, at Kensington Palace.She has also become the first member of the royal family to guest edit a blog read by millions on the subject. In the Duchess of Cambridge’s blog post, Kate made a moving confession about her children. She also explains the importance of tackling mental health issues in children as early on as possible.
“Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.” Kate wrote.
“Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it. 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.”
“Together, we have the chance to make a real difference for an entire generation of young children.”
Kate also visited children’s charity YoungMinds with Prince William this week. The Duke and Duchess were given a closer look at the service that runs a parenting helpline. Kate and Prince William admitted that, like many parents, they worry about how they are raising their children yesterday.
The royals are parents to little Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, who turned one in May. Kate honestly confessed during the visit, “We do face worries, because we’ve got small young children. It is normal. If the worries escalate, it is vital to get support’. Prince William added “Parents must understand they can’t be brilliant at everything”.
To read the Duchess of Cambridge blog on mental health for the Huffington Post in full, click here.