Loving called, “Crusading Kate,” the Daily Mail reports today that the Duchess of Cambridge is working to alleviate prejudice, raise awareness, and end stigma for children’s mental health.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Ann Freud Centre (for young people with serious behavioural issues)’s Family School Christmas party in North London; She also sometimes visits underprivileged children unannounced and without fanfare, getting to know the youths and showing genuine concern for their state of wellbeing.
The Duchess’ late Mother-in-law, Princess Diana, also “habitually visited Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Centrepoint homeless services, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the National Aids Trust in secret,” offering her support even while away from media attention.
“Royal watchers say the Duchess is as deeply moved by the plight of youngsters with mental health problems.” Aiming to highlight the value of mental health care today, the Duchess will be a guest editor of the Huffington Post UK’s website for a day in February.
To promote Children’s Mental Health Week (beginning February 8th), the Duchess is scheduled to make an exceptionally rare high-profile video appeal to help teach young people about the significance of resiliency in the face of life’s challenges.
She is a patron and spokesperson for the charity, Place2Be – which provides counselling in schools. She filmed a similar video message in 2015 on their behalf. This major seven-day campaign will “shine a spotlight on the cause closest to her heart.” She is also teaming up with her husband, Prince William (photo), Duke of Cambridge, to promote World Mental Health Day in October for the charity called, Mind.
A source said that the Duchess conducts her own research on children’s mental health, and expresses the understanding from study and her personal experience with meeting youths around the world, that “early intervention can dramatically change the likelihood of poor life chances….”
The BBC reported Friday (15) that one in four adults in England has a mental health condition according to a recent study of 5,000 adults. An aggressive campaign of understanding and care for youths and adults with mental health conditions could change the state of the kingdom’s health profile in a few years.
Rachel Craig of the National Centre for Social Research which carried out the mental health study said that, “This survey leaves us in no doubt as to the prevalence of mental ill health in England. Despite it affecting so many of us, prejudice against people with a mental illness still exists and there is some resistance to the provision of community care for people suffering with mental ill health.”
The high-profile support of the Duchess is sure to have a lasting impact on the perception of mental health care for children and adults alike. Her caring is noticeably genuine; and as the Daily Mail reports, she may have a personal reason driving her ambitious championing of children:
The Duchess was reportedly bullied as a teenager at her secondary school. A spokesman for the Duchess said that she will “continue to play a part in the discussion around ensuring support for vulnerable families and young people, and in particular to support early intervention programs…”
The Duchess explains that although she was “lucky” enough to have had parents and teachers who provided her with a “wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to,… many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.”