Duchess of Cambridge speaks out for Children’s Mental Health Week

HRH Kate Duchess of Cambridge Childrens Mental Heath Week

Wife of the 2nd in line to the British throne, HRH Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has recorded an emotional video to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health in children. She says that she and husband, Prince William have seen how children have suffered from bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, family breakdown and more. This leads to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self harm”. Children’s Mental Health Week takes place 16th-22nd February 2015.

Children’s Mental Health week is promoted by the charity Place2Be, one of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge’s chosen charities. Her video, a rare personal message from the pregnant royal has already gone viral around the globe this morning. YouGov market research company has released statistics showing that 30% of parents would be embarrassed if their child wanted or asked for counselling at school and 20% would not encourage their child to use the support available.

Place2Be Childrens Mental HeathCatherine Roche, the chief executive officer of Place2Be, said to Sky News:

“By raising awareness of the benefits of getting support early for mental health issues, we hope to change attitudes and help reduce the risk of more complex and serious problems when those children reach adulthood.”

IF Group Supports Children’s Mental Health Week

IF Group are keen to help raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health Week. As Kate rightly says, children that suffer mental health issues often suffer in silence or have the impact worsened by bullying in school and sometimes even in the home. Mental health problems are known to develop and increase over time and can lead to substance misuse, homelessness and imprisonment if unrecognised, undiagnosed and untreated.

Catching mental health illnesses at a young age only improves the chances of a person being able to manage their illness and lead a fulfilling life without having their illness negatively impact their ability to work, enjoy a happy social life and contribute to the local community.

Find out more about Children’s Mental Health Week here