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Kate Middleton has taken over as guest editor of a popular news organisation to raise awareness of the devastating issue of children’s mental health.

The Duchess Of Cambridge and wife to Prince William launched a new global initiative, Young Minds Matter, writing her thoughts about the need for all parents to be aware of their child’s mental health on The Huffington Post:  

“For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help.” She said, “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 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.”

The Duchess has campaigned determinedly on the issue of children’s mental health since the early days of her marriage in 2011.  She has stated previously that it is her hope her association with the cause would help break down social barriers.

“I often heard some heartbreaking stories about lives that had been torn apart, with devastating impacts for all involved, particularly children,” she wrote as she continued in her Guest Editor position.  What I did not expect was to see that time and time again, the issues that led people to addiction and destructive decision making seemed to almost always stem from unresolved childhood challenges.”

The Huffington Post in collaboration with the Duchess, published data showing one in three parents worried they would look like a “bad” mother or father if their child had a mental health problem.

Kate herself vowed to continue to tackle the taboo surrounding mental health problems and “to celebrate the amazing work being done to improve and understand the mental health of young children”.

Image Source: Twitter/KensingtonPalace
Image Source: Twitter/KensingtonPalace

The photogenic Duchess is rarely absent from Britain’s media coverage, but the royal couple give little away from their private lives.  Their marriage in April 2011 was a global media event, as were the births of the couple’s children, Prince George in July 2013 and Princess Charlotte in May 2015.

Image Source: Twitter/KensingtonPalace

  • How wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • it is great that she is getting the awareness and understanding for this cause.

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  • It’s wonderful that she is drawing attention to such an important issue

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  • Kate is such a wonderful ambassador and I applaud her for all the amazing work she is doing. What a great role model for young women!

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  • I think it’s fantastic what she’s doing and I wish her all the best in this new job. The subject is so important to our society.

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  • I feel this is slightly cringe worthy – yes a very important and noble cause – but her capacity as a mother to provide real insight and support? Leave the article writing and advice to the experts in the field and support the charity as an ambassador.


    • The article says guest editor. She isn’t giving advice. She is just stating facts, some of which she revealed its source.

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  • Lke gt

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  • Mental health has always been a taboo subject and I think that stigma needs to be broken. When we lost our house because of natural disaster, I went to the school and asked if their counsellor and chaplain could check in on our kids. Sometimes talking to a stranger is easier than talking to someone you know. Its fantastic to see a celebrity taking the time to promote the importance of mental health in children.

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  • Good on her for raising awareness on this very important issue. Children are not always as resilient as we are told and it is important to ensure that they are looked after as much as possible. They are the adults of the future and the more they are nurtured as children, the better off we will all be.

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