“For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures.” – Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge on wednesday via The Huffington Post.
According to her, research recently published by the Huffington Post indicates that around a third of parents still worry that they will look like a bad mother or father if their child has a mental health problem. Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.
In her words, when families are short of time or money it is not always easy to know where to look for help or advice. That is why we need schools and communities to play their full role to help children who are struggling in ways that are not always easy to see.
“The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health.”
Hence the Young Minds Matter initiative, a new Huffington Post UK series, launched a few days back and will explore the mental health issues facing children and their parents. The aim of Young Minds Matter is simple: the program seeks to start a conversation with children “about mental and emotional health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and understood.” The Duchess is acting as an ambassador of this program.
Together, we have the chance to make a real difference for an entire generation of young children and for ourselves as a matter of fact. We can fold our hands and continue complaining about the decadence in our society, or take advantage of every little chance we get to help bring about change.
In our little or big way, let’s do what we can to help these young ones, they are not only our future, but our today. Encourage and show support for parents in these shoes, as well as the kids them selves. Be an active part of the change you desire. It may not be your business today, but you never know what tomorow holds.
All the best and more.