Her Royal Highness, Duchess Kate Middleton, is standing up for awareness end support of mental health services for UK’s youth, and joining the campaign to end the stigma of mental illness. In support of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week, Middleton made a statement encouraging support and open conversation.
“Both William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, and more,” She states, adding that without support, the effects of these challenges lead to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and self-harm.
Middleton is supporting the UK Children’s Mental Health Charity, Place2Be. Place2Be is a national group which works to provide emotional support to children in 235 schools throughout the UK.
“We need to help all young people and their parents, understand that it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health, and deserves the same quality of support,” said Middleton.
She also adds that, “Together, with open conversations, and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes towards mental health change, and children receive the support they deserve.”
Check out the Video PSA from Middleton below.