When it comes to her children's mental health, Kate Middleton says she and Prince William "wouldn't hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they needed it." The Duchess of Cambridge released a statement on Sunday urging other parents to understand the seriousness of supporting their children's mental well-being and overcome the fear of seeking professional support.
"One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child's mental health," Middleton notes in the statement, addressing the stigma that still exists. "No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever," the Duchess continues, "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 explains why "it doesn't need to be like this," and helps to introduce a series of podcasts being launched Sunday by the British charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The series, titled Child in Mind, is designed to help parents better understand their children's mental health.
Each 20-minute episode discusses an issue in children's mental health with an expert and parent or child. In describing the podcasts, Middleton says that "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." By seeking the right help when children are still young, the mom-of-two believes children "can have the bright future they deserve."