Princess Kate said she “wouldn’t hesitate” to get extra support from mental health experts if her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, if they ever need it.
The Duchess is launching a series of podcasts with the Anna Feud National Centre for Children and Families. The topic of the series is to help parents understand and manage mental health. Each episode of the series will be 20 minutes and called “Child in Mind.” It will cover a topic, have an expert and a parent or young person.
“One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child’s mental health. 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.”
There is a huge stigma surrounding mental health and seeking help. Normalizing seeking help for mental heath and children’s well-being are missions close to Kate’s heart.
Earlier in the year, Kate, husband Prince William, and brother-in-aw Prince Harry joined together to launch the “Heads Together” campaign. It is a campaign that joins together eight different charities that work towards changing the perception of mental health.
Each of the royals focus on a different component of the campaign. Kate is focusing on children’s mental health. Prince William is focusing on young men who are at risk for suicide. Prince Harry is focusing on helping military members and veterans coping with mental health challenges and the “invisible injuries.”
In a statement, Kate said:
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. 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.
Just by saying this, Kate is starting the conversation. It is a big step in the right direction. The “Heads Together” campaign will the biggest initiative the three will undertake. Over the next year, they will work towards a future with a better understanding of mental health.