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Kate Middleton speaks out about children and mental health.

"The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health."

Kate Middleton has written a guest article for the Huffington Post this month, here she speaks out about the stigma and very present issues today of children with mental health problems.

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"William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it."

Shortly after the Royal Wedding in April 2011, Kate Middleton started working with charities helping those affected by issues such as addiction, family breakdown and vulnerable children. Among these charities was 'Young Minds' the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. For the first time Kate speaks out about some of the stories and cases she has witnessed.

"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."

Young Minds Matter is a campaign to give parents and children the right support they need which is easily accessible to help aid children with any emotional support they might need growing up. It is important to remember that mental health problems can come at any time in life for some people and often occur in adults from personal issues they had never addressed as children, mental health issues have not previously been spoken about publicly in older generations and now is time to change.

"Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children."

***MANDATORY BYLINE TO READ INFPhoto.com ONLY*** Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaving St Mary's Hospital in London, UK with the royal couple's second child. The newly-born princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the throne and the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. Pictured: Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Ref: SPL1015593 020515 Picture by: INFphoto.com

"Like most parents today, William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it. We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older. We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness."

Here at Minimis we admire the Princess' charity work and using her social standing to address and bring public awareness and support to this amazing cause.

If you would like more information about helping children with mental health issues get in contact with Young Minds Matter.

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