(Above: Prince George)
HRH the Duchess of Cambridge emphasised mental health in her recent guest editor spot with Huffington Post UK launching Young Minds Matter on 17 February 2016 .
Here is what she had to say about prejudices and parental stigma: “Research published today by the Huffington Post indicates that around a third of parents still worry that they will look like a bad mother or father if their child has a mental health problem. Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.
“Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it. We hope to encourage George (pictured above) 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.”
If you want to see the actual stories, you will find a list of links here, along with some fab photos of Kate interviewing some children.
She also 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.”
According to CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama blogged back: “I’m grateful that she is using her day as Guest Editor to shine a bright light on mental health, particularly children’s mental health.”