Kate, Duchess of Cambridge is a keen advocate of children’s mental health awareness. It’s an issue she’s championed in her public role since marrying Prince William in April 2011. Indeed, as a mother herself, the royal is well placed to understand the psychological challenges for both parents and their kids. And the duchess recently revealed what she would do if her own children had difficulties.
In recent years, Kate has become the public face for the royals’ mental health advocacy. In May 2019 the duchess opened the Kantor Centre of Excellence, an initiative with a mission “to drive change for child mental health.” It is part of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF), a treatment, training and research facility in London focused on issues affecting children’s mental well-being.
At the center’s opening, Kate spent time with the facility’s staff, as well as attending children who are facing personal struggles. Magazine Vanity Fair reported the duchess as saying, “I have learned so much about early childhood development and the importance of support for parents through your work here at the Anna Freud Centre. This is something I really do care about.” Indeed, it’s an issue the royal is wary of in her own children.
Kate recognizes that mental health issues, if caught early, can be resolved before adulthood. Furthermore, she’s aware of the crucial benefits of physical exercise in this regard. Therefore, the duchess will encourage her own kids to spend time outdoors daily, come rain or shine. She told British children’s TV show Blue Peter, “It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – ten or 15 minutes – makes a huge difference to physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.”
Indeed, at the launch of the AFNCCF’s “Child In Mind” podcast in August 2016, Kate revealed how she would address her own kids’ mental struggles. She said, “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. Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for [our children] if they need[ed] it.”