Parents, teachers and childcare professionals have spoken out in support of The Duchess Of Cambridge's message on children's mental health, sharing their own moving stories.
Her Royal Highness wrote a blog on The Huffington Post UK to introduce her guest editorship of the website yesterday, and the Young Minds Matter campaign which aims to overturn the stigma and silence around young children's mental health problems.
The Duchess shared her feelings about her children Charlotte and George, and her approach to parenting with Prince William: "William and I would not hesitate to seek help for our children if they needed it," she wrote.
The Duchess was the guest editor of The Huffington Post UK
"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."
But she acknowledged that seeking help was "not so easy" for families short of time or money, calling for parents and professionals to help each other.
Her blog prompted conversations from readers around the world, who shared their own stories.
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Young Minds Matter is a new series designed to lead the conversation with children about mental and emotional health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and understood. Launched with Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, as guest editor, we will discuss problems, causes and most importantly solutions to the stigma surrounding the UK’s mental health crisis among children. To blog on the site as part of Young Minds Matter email email@example.com
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