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Duchess of Cambridge calls for greater strides in supporting children’s mental health

The Duchess of Cambridge appealed to parents, teachers and health professionals to give attention to the importance of children’s mental health.

“I have been heartened to see that so much progress has been made in ending the taboo of adults openly treating mental well-being as the health issue it is,” The Duchess told The Times. “I believe that our generation of parents, carers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires.”

Catherine advised children and their parents to seek assistance if needed and to not let fear get in the way of finding help.

“I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties,” she continued.

The Duchess noted she planned to dedicate more time to children’s mental health issues when she returns after maternity leave. She is due with her second child sometime next month.

She noted: “This is a discussion that William and I hope to play a part in during the months and years to come. We welcome all work to highlight this important issue for the benefit of all our young people.”

Kate has mentioned she notices mental health issues and prevention are prevalent when visiting various charities and projects. She has remarked her focus would be early intervention in child mental health as it would have the strongest impact.

The Duchess of Cambridge is patron of the charity Place2Be.

‘Place2Be’ is a mental health charity that provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children’s resilience through talking, creative work and play. The charity delivers services in 210 schools across the UK, and they also provide support for parents, teachers and school staff.

Kate’s decision to support ‘Place2Be’ is a reflection of her personal interest and commitment to improving the mental health and well-being of children all across the UK. A wealth of evidence points to a significant need for early mental health support. The charity believes that children are less likely to suffer from mental health issues in later life if they receive support at an early age.

She has been a keen supporter of the charity since becoming Patron in 2013. In 2014, she attended numerous events including the inaugural Wellbeing in Schools Awards and a visit to New York’s Northside Center during an official tour of the United States in December.

The Northside Centre and Place2Be now have an ongoing link since The Duke and Duchess’s visit.

In February, Catherine released a video message in support of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week, in her capacity as Royal Patron of the children’s charity, Place2Be.

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