Family & Parenting

Kate Middleton Opens Up About Parenting And Mental Health

"It is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child."

Prince William and Kate Middleton are passionate about many causes, in particular mental health. On Nov. 8, the Duchess of Cambridge spoke to the crowd at the Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London, and she discussed her own children and how she wouldn’t hesitate to get them mental healthcare if it was needed. She and William are parents to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.

“As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child. Whether we are school leavers, teachers, support staff or parents we are all in this together,” she said. “Collaborating with experts like yourselves, we’re looking at providing easy access to information and practical tools to support teachers, parents and children feel comfortable talking about their mental health.”

Mental health for all people, including children, is a subject about which Middleton is passionate and vocal. In fact, in an Instagram post from last year, Middleton stressed the importance of taking mental health seriously, and said that her attitude toward it extends to her own children.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, has supported the launch of a series of podcasts designed to help parents understand children's mental health. The Duchess said: "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. It doesn’t need to be like this. Throughout my work with family and child support organisations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up. Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it. I hope that this excellent series of podcasts by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families will go some way to help families overcome that fear of what happens next if they look for professional support. They illustrate that many of the therapies are actually very simple and practical steps that include the whole family to help children make sense of the world around them. They show how with the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young, and can have the bright future they deserve. Please do listen, and share them with your friends and family and let's change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health." You can listen to the podcasts by searching for Child In Mind on the Anna Freud account iTunes or Soundcloud.

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“Throughout my work with family and child support organizations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up. Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.”

Middleton, who is currently pregnant with her third child, also attended a gala for one of the mental heath organizations she works with and supports, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF), on Nov. 7.

AFNCCF is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years of experience of caring for young minds. Their goal is transform the current mental health provision in the U.K. by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment.

We’re so glad that Kate and William have taken on such an important issue that affects so many!