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Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine helps launch mental health podcasts

Published 15/08/2016

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

The British royal and her husband Prince William are vocal supporters of mental health services and charities.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wouldn't hesitate to seek mental health counselling for her children, insisting the stigma surrounding it needs to disappear.

The British royal, her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry launched the Heads Together campaign earlier this year (16). Through the initiative, the group is working to raise awareness for mental health services and charities dealing with the issue.

"It doesn't need to be like this," she said as she promoted the podcasts for the Anna Freud Centre. "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."

"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," she added.

The 34-year-old, who is a mum to son George and daughter Charlotte, went on to stress that early intervention is the most effective way to help children deal with their mental health issues.

"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," she said. "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."

Catherine also hopes the podcast will help parents "overcome that fear of what happens next if they look for professional support."

"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," she added. "Please do 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."

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