Though her children are young, Kate Middleton already knows what she would do if mental illness threatened the quality of her children’s life. The Duchess of Cambridge has something to say about seeking help.
“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,” Middleton said.
At the launch of a new podcast from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the young mom used her platform as Duchess to encourage people to ask for help.
“Both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it,” Kate said.
According the the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, 1 in 4 Americans suffer from at least one mental illness. Even more staggering is the statistic that says less than half of the people both diagnosed and affected go without treatment.
Most mental disorders are seen to manifest in adolescent children and young adults. For families in this predicament, the cost of treatment and the choice to seek help can be a difficult one.
Kate Middleton is a name and voice heard around the world. Her stance on mental health is taking the shame out of seeking help and will hopefully influence people everywhere to take mental health seriously—getting the help that they or their child need.