Sunday 18 February 2018

Kate Middleton shows support for Children's Mental Health Week

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Kate Middleton thinks it’s “important” adults take children’s mental health seriously.

The UK’s Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently expecting her second child with husband Prince William, has agreed to be the face of the first Children’s Mental Health Week, an awareness campaign organised by charity Place2Be.

And while visiting a school for kids with special needs last week, the 33-year-old British royal recorded some moving words on the topic in a public service announcement video.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she visits the home of Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in Portsmouth Old Town
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she visits the home of Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in Portsmouth Old Town

“A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support,” she noted in the Place2Be clip. “No one would feel embarrassed about asking for help for a child if they broke their arm. We really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.”

Catherine moved on to encourage people to be more vocal about what is psychologically or emotionally ailing them.

“The stigma around mental health means that many children do not get the help that they so badly need. This needs to change. That is why the charity Place2Be is asking us all to talk openly this week,” Catherine said.

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The royals during their trip
The royals during their trip

“We need to help young people and their parents understand that it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help.

“Through Place2Be I have seen the benefits of offering children support for their mental health in the safety of the school environment. Both William and I sincerely believe that early action can prevent problems in childhood from turning into larger ones in later life.”

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend a coffee morning at Family Friends in Kensington
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend a coffee morning at Family Friends in Kensington

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