The Duchess of Cambridge tonight called for an end to the “stigma” of mental health.
In a powerful address at an awards ceremony in London she said “all of us” need help at some stage in our lives.
Kate said “all of us” need help during their lifetime and that is why future King William, herself and Prince Harry set up the Heads Together campaign.
“We want to end the stigma surroundings mental health that stops people getting the help that and suppport that they so desperately need,” she said.
The Duchess was Royal guest of honour at The Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards.
She told the audience, “I am a firm believer that it is absolutely crucial to confront problems as early as possible, to prevent them from escalating into even greater issues later in life.
“This is why Place2Be’s work – prioritising children’s emotional wellbeing from the outset – is so important,” she said.
She added: “I have been privileged over recent years to visit a number of schools and to meet the teachers, volunteers, and parents who make Place2Be’s work a reality.
“Together, you ensure your students know they have somewhere to turn, someone who will listen, or simply a safe place to escape.”
When she arrived the Duchess said she was “honoured” to be attend these very special Place2Be Awards.
“Tonight, we are celebrating the truly remarkable work taking place across Place2Be schools in support of children’s mental health.
“Without many of the inspiring people gathered here this evening, countless children would not receive the transformational support in their schools.
“It is because of so many of you, that in their time of need, children have the help, care and attention that will get them through tough times in their lives.
She told the audience: “As you all recognise through your support of Place2Be, even the luckiest people can face great challenges.
“No matter how invincible we seem on the surface, all of us need help from time to time.
“On a recent visit to Stewards Academy in Harlow, Essex Prince William and Kare were so impressed by the young people we met.
“I know that some of you are here tonight. I wanted to thank you again for sharing your stories with us; each of you had faced difficult times but had the courage to seek support and to speak openly about your experiences, encouraging others to do the same,” she said.
Praising the “extraordinary” young Champion finalists she said, “You have not only faced challenges but you’ve had the resilience to overcome them. You have also, in your willingness to have open conversations, become young mental health.”
This piece by Robert Jobson was first seen on ‘The EveningStandard’ on November 24, 2016.