The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have strongly advised parents to seek professional help for children with mental health difficulties.
The Duchess – a patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – has told the nation that the couple themselves would use mental health support for their children if they needed it.
Speaking to Claudia Hammond on Child in Mind, a radio show which discusses children’s mental health, the Duchess said it would be the “the best possible thing we can do”.
“One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child’s mental health”, said Princess Kate.
“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. It doesn’t need to be like this.
“Throughout my work with family and child support organisations, 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.
“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.”
Around one in every 10 children aged between five and 16 years suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, a number that has more than doubled since the 1980s.