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Kate Middleton Wants Kids to Feel Comfortable Discussing Mental Health

Aug. 15, 2016

'It doesn't need to be like this'

Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton recently helped support the launch of a new podcast series aimed at helping parents understand and discuss their children’s mental health.

Kensington Palace released a statement via Instagram, which describes the Duchess’ job duties and the program’s initiatives. The podcast series, called A Child in Mind, is run through the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, an organization for which the Duchess is a patron. The podcast’s goal is “designed to help parents understand children’s mental health.”

Middleton writes in the Instagram caption precisely why parents must discuss and address mental health:

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.

Middleton continues to strike an empathetic tone in the statement. She goes so far as to mention her own children: “William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.”

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, has supported the launch of a series of podcasts designed to help parents understand children's mental health. The Duchess said: "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. Throughout my work with family and child support organisations, 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. I hope that this excellent series of podcasts by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families will go some way to help families overcome that fear of what happens next if they look for professional support. They illustrate that many of the therapies are actually very simple and practical steps that include the whole family to help children make sense of the world around them. They show how with the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young, and can have the bright future they deserve. Please do listen, and share them with your friends and family and let's change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health." You can listen to the podcasts by searching for Child In Mind on the Anna Freud account iTunes or Soundcloud.

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The Duchess’ work with the Anna Freud Centre isn’t her first foray into mental health support. In February, she wrote a post for Huffington Post UK about similar subject matter.

“The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health,” she wrote. “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.”