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As a mother with a second child on the way, children’s welfare charities are a cause close to Kate Middleton’s heart. The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken out about the importance of mental health issues affecting children in a recently recorded video appeal in honor of the United Kingdom’s first children’s mental health week, which starts today.
Speaking passionately in the video, the duchess promoted the importance of early intervention for children suffering with emotional issues.
In the video, Middleton goes on to say, "A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support...William and I sincerely believe that early action can prevent problems in childhood from turning into larger ones later in life."
Kate Middleton was promoting the work of U.K based charity Place2Be, an organization that provides school-based mental health support for children suffering with additional emotional needs.
Listing just some of the problems that young children and teens can be faced with, the Duchess said, "The challenges children face in the U.K. today could often feel overwhelming. Both Prince William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, domestic violence, family breakdowns and more. Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self-harm."
Middleton’s message aims to encourage parents, teachers and guardians to seek help at the earliest possible opportunity – just as they would with a physical ailment such as a twisted ankle, cough or sore throat.
The young royal recorded the video at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School in Beckenham, UK, during a private visit earlier this month. The 33-year-old has been a patron of the Place2Be charity for the past two years.