Thursday 25 May 2017

Kate Middleton 'wouldn't hesitate' in seeking help if Prince George or Princess Charlotte had mental health problems

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to children from the 'Real Truth' video blog that features on the Huffington Post website at Kensington Palace on February 17, 2016 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to children from the 'Real Truth' video blog that features on the Huffington Post website at Kensington Palace on February 17, 2016 in London, England.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) launches a story on 'Early Intervention in Mental Health Care' watched by James Martin, Executive Editor of Huffington Post UK, (C) and Stephen Hull, (R) Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post UK, as the Duchess guest-edits the British edition of news website The Huffington Post at Kensington Palace
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to Hayden Pearce from the 'Real Truth' video blog that features on the Huffington Post website at Kensington Palace
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the 'News Room' at Kensington Palace on February 17, 2016 in London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to children from the 'Real Truth' video blog that features on the Huffington Post website at Kensington Palace
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.

The Duchess of Cambridge has urged society to view children's mental health as being "every bit as important as their physical health" as she began her guest editorship of the Huffington Post UK.

Writing a blog to mark her role at the helm of the news site, she spoke about the psychological well-being of her own children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, saying she and William "would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it".

Kate sat down to a morning conference in Kensington Palace with Huffington Post UK editor Stephen Hull, his staff and some of the mental health charities she is associated with.

She has commissioned articles, blogs and videos from leading figures in the mental health sector to raise awareness about the psychological well-being of the nation's children.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the 'News Room' at Kensington Palace on February 17, 2016 in London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the 'News Room' at Kensington Palace on February 17, 2016 in London

The Duchess wrote: "The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health.

"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."

The Duchess went on to say: "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."

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) launches a story on 'Early Intervention in Mental Health Care' watched by James Martin, Executive Editor of Huffington Post UK, (C) and Stephen Hull, (R) Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post UK, as the Duchess guest-edits the British edition of news website The Huffington Post at Kensington Palace
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) launches a story on 'Early Intervention in Mental Health Care' watched by James Martin, Executive Editor of Huffington Post UK, (C) and Stephen Hull, (R) Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post UK, as the Duchess guest-edits the British edition of news website The Huffington Post at Kensington Palace

From a newsroom set up in a palace drawing room, Kate used a computer mouse to launch the news website's top story or "splash" - a piece titled Never Too Young, about the importance of early intervention for those with mental health problems.

James Martin, a Huffington Post executive editor, asked the Duchess if she wanted to click the button to send the story live and told her: "This is the current splash which we have on the site which is your fantastic blog."

He added: "We've prepared what we call a splash, which is a hangover term from the time of newspapers when you'd splash a story on a newspaper and it's translated here into digital."

As she clicked the button Kate, who wore a Dolce and Gabbana skirt and shirt by Reiss, smiled and laughed.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to children from the 'Real Truth' video blog that features on the Huffington Post website at Kensington Palace
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to children from the 'Real Truth' video blog that features on the Huffington Post website at Kensington Palace

The Duchess told all those in the room: "Can I just say a huge thank you to Stephen and obviously the huge team that's been involved in this, turning it around so quickly."

Mr Hull made the group laugh when he joked: "You've been a good boss."

25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.

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