Kate Middleton Advocates for Children’s Mental Health in Touching New Blog Post
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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, introduced a pet charity project in a new blog post on The Huffington Post UK as a special guest editor. “Young Minds Matter,” she writes, “Is a new series where issues and work around the mental health of young children will be explored.”
Middleton explains that the charity work that came as a result of her induction into the British Royal Family was an eye-opening experience, exposing her to victims of addiction, family breakdown and introducing her to vulnerable children. “It became clear to me that many children – even those younger than five – have to deal with complex problems without the emotional resilience, language or confidence to ask for help,” she writes. “And it was also clear that with mental health problems still being such a taboo, many adults are often too afraid to ask for help for the children in their care.”
The Duchess decided that it was a time to make a change in how these stigmas were viewed by the general public.
“For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures,” says Middleton. “Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.”
She and her husband Prince William encourage their children, George and Charlotte, to speak up about how they are feeling as they grow older. However, Middleton urges that the change needs to be made from the top down.
“That is why we need schools and communities to play their full role to help children who are struggling in ways that are not always easy to see.”
The Huffington Post’s series of articles commissioned by the Duchess is designed to “lead the conversation with children about mental and emotional health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and understood”. “You will hear from a recently bereaved wife, confronting the reality that the depression that led to her husband’s suicide was with him as a 10-year old boy,” Middleton explains in one instance.
She will continue as a guest editor to discuss problems, causes, and solutions to better the status of the UK’s mental health crisis among youths.
“I am so grateful to all those who have participated in this series and to all those who will contribute after today,” shares Middleton. “Together, we have the chance to make a real difference for an entire generation of young children.”
Read Middleton’s full blog entry over on The Huffington Post, and launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of her working as a guest editor. To blog as a part of the Young Minds Matter series, email [email protected]