Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has used a guest editorship at a U.K. news website to launch a new campaign to help children struggling with mental health problems.
Prince William’s wife took on guest editing duties at the Huffington Post U.K. on Wednesday and is using her role in the editor’s chair to launch the Young Minds Matter initiative, aimed at examining the causes of and solutions to mental health problems in children.
The British royal is joining journalists from the website in a temporary newsroom set up at her Kensington Palace home, from where they are publishing a series of articles about organisations and individuals affected by the issue.
Writing in a blogpost, the Duchess described how she has worked extensively with mental health charities since marrying into Britain’s royal family and how it has affected her.
“Shortly after I got married, I started working with charities helping those affected by issues such as addiction, family breakdown and vulnerable children,” she writes.
“As was to be expected, I often heard some heart-breaking stories about lives that had been torn apart, with devastating impacts for all involved, particularly children.
“What I did not expect was to see that time and time again, the issues that led people to addiction and destructive decision making seemed to almost always stem from unresolved childhood challenges.
“It became clear to me that many children – even those younger than five – have to deal with complex problems without the emotional resilience, language or confidence to ask for help. And it was also clear that with mental health problems still being such a taboo, many adults are often too afraid to ask for help for the children in their care.”
In the post, she also calls for mental health to be seen to be as important as physical health and issues a call for attitudes to be transformed, writing, “It is time for this to change.”