Mental illness in children is a very serious issue–and not a rare one, contrary to popular belief. The Royals understand this, hence the creation of their new campaign called Heads Together. TIME magazine recently wrote about how the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is taking it a step further for mental illness in children. She’s going out of her way to embrace other projects striving to bring awareness to mental health in children.
A podcast bringing awareness to mental illness in children
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, announced her support for a new podcast called A Child in Mind and it’s run by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The purpose of the podcast is to educate parents about the signs and causes of mental illness in children so that they can get proper care for them when they need it.
The Centre quoted Middleton:
“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.”
Middleton stressed the importance of identifying mental health struggles early and getting them immediate treatment so they can cope and be well again. She spoke about her own children, explaining that she and Prince William would not hesitate to get mental health support for their children if it was necessary. When someone as prominent as Kate Middleton comes forward and says mental health is extremely important, more people become aware. Yes, the world has a long way to go, but the more public figures that speak about it, the more awareness that will spread.
It’s important that we make it clear to our children that mental health issues aren’t something to be embarrassed about. They need to be treated, just like any other illness.
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