Princess Diana has clearly had an impact on Catherine’s views about this heartbreaking issue

While rarely spoken about, many knew of Princess Diana’s struggles with her mental health. She admitted to having bulimia, as
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While rarely spoken about, many knew of Princess Diana’s struggles with her mental health. She admitted to having bulimia, as well as seeking treatment for depression – and now her daughter-in-law is campaigning for the mental health of children around the world.

In a blog for Huffington Post, the Duchess of Cambridge said she ‘would not hesitate’ to seek help for her children if they were to suffer mental health issues.

In her first online blog as guest editor, Kate said she and Prince William will also encourage Prince George, two, and Princess Charlotte, who will turn one in May, to ‘speak about their feelings’ openly as they grow older.

She wrote: ‘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’.

Earlier this month the Duchess campaigned on the issue of better early intervention for children suffering from emotional and behavioural issues and is patron of several charities related to mental health. She also visited a prison and spoke to inmates last year.

‘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’, the Duchess continued.

‘What I did not expect was to see that time and time again, the issues that led people to addiction and destructive decision making seemed to almost always stem from unresolved childhood challenges.

‘It became clear to me that many children – even those younger than five – have to deal with complex problems without the emotional resilience, language or confidence to ask for help.

‘And it was also clear that with mental health problems still being such a taboo, many adults are often too afraid to ask for help for the children in their care. It is time for this to change.’

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

You can read her full blog here.

 

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  1. This young woman is her own person. For goodness sake STOP saying that just about every thought she has is inspired by Diana !!!!

  2. This young woman is her own person. For goodness sake STOP saying that just about every thought she has is inspired by Diana !!!!

  3. Why connect Catherine’s views with those of Diana. Please give Catherine credit for having a brain and feelings of her own.

  4. Why connect Catherine’s views with those of Diana. Please give Catherine credit for having a brain and feelings of her own.

    • Agree. It must be so hard the constant harping on Diana whenever Catherine does something in her own way

    • I agree. Surely Catherine should be credited with having a brain and the ability to think for herself. I am fed up with the constant references to Diana whenever Catherine does something or wears something. The woman has been dead for something like 20 years. It also insults Catherine’s parents and the way they have brought her up

    • Catherine does have a brain. She also knows her position in life and behaves in the right way. She is nothing like Diana. Whatever problems she had, she was trouble the minute she got out of the coach at her wedding. If Diana was still alive she would be dominating thise boys and trying to do the same to Catherine, would love to see theresult of that. Diana is gone, her sons remember their mother their way, lets get on with life and support Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

  5. Good on her for using her high profile to champion this very worthy cause. Well done Your Royal Highness.

  6. Good on her for using her high profile to champion this very worthy cause. Well done Your Royal Highness.

  7. She must be getting tired of Diana constantly stealing her thunder.

    • I think she is better than that, she didn’t turn a hair in public when the media went crazy over her sister’s derrière on her wedding day. Or the media frenzy that followed. It was not her, but the media and we see this all the time. The media spoil things for people without giving a second though to people’s feelings.

  8. She must be getting tired of Diana constantly stealing her thunder.

    • I think she is better than that, she didn’t turn a hair in public when the media went crazy over her sister’s derrière on her wedding day. Or the media frenzy that followed. It was not her, but the media and we see this all the time. The media spoil things for people without giving a second though to people’s feelings.

  9. We are so over you always bringing Diana into every thought, every fashion choice, every speech this poor woman makes. It is insulting to Catherine.

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