In a time when people are working harder than ever to lift the stigma associated with mental illness, we are getting a little needed help from Princess Kate and Prince William. So often, we avoid getting the help we need for ourselves or our loved ones because we are too ashamed or embarrassed to admit that something isn’t right. Of course, that needs to change if we are going to get healthier as a society.
In a series of podcasts launched by Princess Kate this weekend, the hugely popular member of the British royal family, and mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, said: “It doesn’t need to be like this. 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.”
That’s so incredibly true. So often, we hear of adults who are seeking therapy to finally address pains that originate from their childhood. Why shouldn’t we try to address those situations as they arise so that they do not cause so much damage.
To the parents who shy away from seeking help for their children, Kate 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. 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. “
But… would she and William admit that their child was struggling and in need of extra support? She answered this question by saying: “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.”
The podcasts are part of her mission to support the Anna Freud Centre in an effort to educate parents about child and family mental health problems. Titled “Child in Mind,” the series includes 20-minute episodes that, as Kate explains: “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.”
Along with Kate, I encourage parents to “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.”
Those who are interested can find the podcasts on both the Anna Freud National Centre’s iTunes channel and its SoundCloud account.