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Children’s Mental Health Week: Kate Middleton Promotes Place2Be

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Children’s Mental Health Week Last week the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton announced Place2Be would be introducing United Kingdom’s first Children’s Mental Health Week starting on February 16 – 22.

Importance of Children’s Mental Health Week

As an advocate for the UK’s Children’s Mental Health Week, Kate Middleton created a video to express concerns about the stigma surrounding mental illness in society. Middleton is passionate about the topic of children’s mental health and understands how imperative it is that the associated shame be eradicated in order to help those suffering.  “The stigma around mental health means that many children do not get the help that they so badly need,” she said during the video. “This needs to change.  No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they break their arm, and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.”  Being an advocate for mental illness during Children’s Mental Health Week, the duchess is providing a powerful voice for suffers and restoring hope by providing a united voice about the need for change when it comes to mental health.  It should be realized by parents, co-workers, relatives, friends, bosses, and communities in general that it does not mean a person is defective if they ask for help for mental health issues.  Mental illnesses are just that – real, debilitating, serious illnesses.  Since 2013, Middleton has been involved with Place2Be, which has counseling services in the United Kingdom for individuals that are dealing with mental health issues.

Getting the facts about children’s mental health

According to Place2Be, there are three children in each school classroom suffering from a mental illness.  For this amount of children to be dealing with mental illness, it is clearly apparent that there need to be treatment options available.  Within 25 years, depression and anxiety has risen in teenagers by 75%.  It was also found that 50% of individuals with mental illness displayed their symptoms by the age of 14.  The truth is that ignoring this growing problem and pretending like it doesn’t exist will not make it go away, but treating it will. By addressing the issue head-on and breaking the stigma surrounding children’s mental health, these kids can get the treatment they need, which will result in the most effective outcome for their mental and emotional recovery in the long run.

It isn’t out of the ordinary for individuals with mental health issues to have co-occurring problems like substance use disorders.  Are you or someone you know dealing with an alcohol and/or drug problem and wondering where to turn?  The Watershed is here for you.  Call 1-800-861-1768 to reach out and ask for help today.

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