The Duchess of Cambridge campaigns for child mental health awareness

"We wouldn't hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it." Kate Middleton backs Child in Mind podcast series

By Andrea Tim | Published: 16 Aug 2016

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Kate Middleton has launched a new series of podcasts by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, aiming to help parents become aware of and understand children's mental health. The series is called Child in Mind and is narrated by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. You can now listen to the first episode on iTunes or SoundCloud.

The Duchess of Cambridge, a mother of two herself, released a statement (read below) about her support for the centre's campaign to encourage families to be comfortable discussing mental health. She also revealed that she and the Duke of Cambridge would not hesitate to seek professional help if Prince George and Princess Charlotte need it.

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.

This isn't the first time the Duchess of Cambridge threw her support behind a campaign about child mental health. Just earlier this year, she launched Place2Be's Children Mental Health Week 2016, which focused on teaching children to cope with stress and challenges in life. She was also guest editor at Huffington Post UK for a day in mid-February, where she "commissioned a series of videos, articles and blogs focusing on topics such as the real truth about mental health in children, personal stories of young people suffering from poor mental health in primary schools and breaking the cycle of addiction."

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