Kate Middleton offered a huge fillip to the work of mental health charities in England and around the world yesterday (Wednesday), using her position as guest editor of the Huffington Post to highlight the publication’s #youngmindsmatter campaign.
Hosting an editorial conference at Kensington Palace with the Huffington Post team and mental health experts, Kate used her stewardship of the online news portal to spread the word about a cause she has done much to champion.
Among the many poignant pieces she commissioned, there was an article penned by First Lady Michelle Obama and an insightful story about the work of the British Association of Art Therapists.
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) February 17, 2016
The Duchess of Cambridge is the patron of Place2Be and recently helped the charity to launch the inaugural Children’s Mental Health Week.
Setting aside the stigma
In a post announcing her one-time role, Kate said: “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.”
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 17, 2016
With this important campaign already sparking worldwide debate on social media thanks to the support of the Duchess of Cambridge and other high profile names, it looks well on its way to achieving its goal.
Huffington Post‘s editor-in-chief Stephen Hull added: “Now is the time to give a voice to this urgent issue so we can re-imagine a society that works to make mental health in our children a top priority.”
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