et Quote: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
“Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease, and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.” – Kate Middleton
“My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty; I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.” – Kate Middleton
“A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.” – Kate Middleton
Watch The Duchess of Cambridge speak at the Place2Be School Leaders Forum 2017 in London today. The Duchess joined delegates at the forum as they consider the key issues on the role that schools can play in tackling mental health. The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of charity Place2Be and is championing school support for children's mental health.
“The challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help.” – Kate Middleton
This evening The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) attended the charity's Gala Dinner held at the Orangery in Kensington Palace. AFNCCF campaigns for a step change in children's mental health and believes in the importance of early intervention and working with whole families, which can make a huge difference for those in vulnerable situations. The Gala Dinner was also an opportunity for AFNCCF to update guests on the building of their new Centre of Excellence. 📸PA
“Yes, well I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.” – Kate Middleton
“With the right help, children have a good chance of overcoming their issues while they are still young and can have the bright future they deserve.” – Kate Middleton
“Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.” – Kate Middleton
“Together with open conversations and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes for mental health change and children receive the support they deserve.” – Kate Middleton
“No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they broke their arm – and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.” – Kate Middleton
“We need to help young people and their parents understand that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help.” – Kate Middleton
As part of the @Heads_Together campaign, The Duke of Cambridge has been interviewed on mental health for the July edition of British GQ. The interview was conducted by mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell, who shares a common cause to tackle the taboo around mental health. His Royal Highness was photographed for the magazine with The Duchess, Prince George and Princess Charlotte by Norman Jean Roy at Kensington Palace in April. The full interview and photographs will be published in GQ later this week.