The Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton, has been outspoken about mental illness. She appeared on a new podcast to talk about mental health. She said:
“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.”
When asked about what would happen if one of her kids became sick, she said:
“Both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.”
This is a very important issue, and I’m glad to see more celebrities talking about it. Mental illness affects people of all ages. Sometimes, parents go into a state of denial if a doctor diagnoses one of their children with a mental disorder.
The stigma can be a roadblock to keep people from getting the treatment they need. The National Institute of Health says that half of mental disorders start during the teenage years. It can be a very stressful time in life.
Luckily, they live in a country where mental health care is free. Here in the United States, treatment can be expensive and hard to find.
Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post article she wrote about this issue:
“The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health. For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures. Research published today by the Huffington Post indicates that around a third of parents still worry that they will look like a bad mother or father if their child has a mental health problem. Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.”
Here is a video of The Duchess urging parents to find help if their children are experiencing these diseases:
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