Wow, I am so happy that Kate Middleton, yes of the British royalty fame, is advocating for children getting help for mental illnesses just as they would for a physical illness. She is also all for the loss of stigma that is often attached to having a mental illness, saying if someone breaks their arm, they would see a doctor, so why not for a mental illness. When people in the limelight speak up for these issues, the world is more likely to listen, so I applaud her for this.
As a mother, Kate Middleton really knows how important a healthy childhood can be.
Unfortunately, too many kids are faced with anxiety, depression or other mental health struggles while growing up.
In honor of the U.K.’s first Children’s Mental Health Week, the Duchess of Cambridge is speaking out for a cause she believes every human should care about. The message is nothing short of powerful and profound.
“The challenges children face in the U.K. today could often feel overwhelming. BothPrince William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, domestic violence, family breakdowns and more,” she shared. “Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self-harm.”
So what is there to do? It’s time to finally start talking about mental health.
“We need to help young people and their parents understand that it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help,” Prince George‘s mom proclaimed. “A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.”
The 33-year-old mom also brought up an excellent question that could get a lot of parents thinking.
You wouldn’t feel bad about getting your child help for a broken arm. So why would you feel bad about getting your son or daughter help with emotional difficulties?
“The sigma about mental health means many children do not get the help they so badly need. This needs to change,” the Royal Patron of Place2Be concluded. “Together, with open conversations and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes towards mental health change and children receive the support they deserve.”