Today is a two post day, go here to read about the Duchess of Cornwall at the Sandringham Flower Show. This morning, Kensington Palace released a message of support from Kate Middleton to the Anna Freud Centre on the release of their podcast series about children’s mental health.
The 20-minute per episode podcast series is called Child in Mind and features BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond discussing an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent. The series aims to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems by not only giving them expert advice but allowing real parents to ask experts real questions.
Hammond said of the series:
“It can be hard to know whether information online is based on good evidence. But the beauty of this series of podcasts is that every episode is backed by academic expertise. They also contain first person experiences which any of us might identify with and often those people have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the experts. I really hope these podcasts might make life a bit easier for both young people and their parents.”
The first episode is about anxiety and is available now. The series is available at iTunes here (though for me it’s saying there are 0 items available), and on Soundcloud here (though it’s saying the anxiety episode is a month old, and it has more than just this series on there).
Kate released a message in support of this new series. Kate’s message in full:
“One in three adults still say they would be embarrassed to seek help for their child’s mental health. No parent would fail to call the doctor if their child developed a fever, yet some children are tackling tough times without the support that can help them because the adults in their life are scared to ask. It doesn’t need to be like this.
“Throughout my work with family and child support organisations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up. Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.
“I hope that this excellent series of podcasts by the Anna Freud Centre will go some way to help families overcome that fear of what happens next if they look for professional support. They illustrate that many of the therapies are actually very simple and practical steps that include the whole family to help children make sense of the world around them. They show how 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.
“Please do listen, and share them with your friends and family and let’s change the way we all talk to each other about our mental health.”
To any parent embarrassed to get your child mental health help: It’s not about you.
As far as Kate’s message is concerned: that second paragraph is filled with all her go-to lines. The dropping of a podcast series isn’t really an event type thing so I think a message of support, rather than a visit and a speech, is fine here (though a visit and speech would get more attention than just the message of support). It’s good that she’s calling attention to this series. I really like the idea of this podcast and I hope it helps people.
Katie Nicholl over at the Daily Mail dropped two new articles today. The first is about how Prince William and Kate use their connections to get free or discounted vacations. The second is about William and Kate’s trip to Canada this fall, saying that they intend to bring Prince George and Princess Charlotte and are planning all sorts of fun, outdoorsy adventures while there:
“[S]ources in Canada have told The Mail on Sunday that a ‘family-friendly’ programme is currently being co-ordinated between Kensington Palace and the Department of Canadian Heritage. A source said: ‘We are told the children are coming and the itinerary is being co-ordinated accordingly. There will be a heavy focus on nature, the outdoors and at least one private day factored into the trip. We’re hearing hiking, walking and outdoor pursuits will feature while the family is in British Columbia.’ It is also understood that Prince William would like to take George fishing.
“The country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a father-of-three, will meet the family during the trip. He apparently has been taking a ‘keen interest’ in the official agenda. ‘Our prime minister loves this part of Canada and he’s keen for the Cambridges to see it,’ the source said. They added: ‘He spent some of his early life in British Columbia, and he and his own family holiday in Tofino. He’s taken a keen interest in the itinerary, which is being finalised at the moment.’
“Senior courtiers have already carried out a planning trip in Canada and a source close to the Cambridges revealed that the Duke and Duchess are reluctant to leave George, three, and Charlotte, one, behind when they travel later this year. They said: ‘They really can’t bear the idea of leaving Charlotte and George at home.’”
Huh. I mean, sure. I hope there is more than just a bunch of fun, outdoorsy, vacation events. You can focus on nature and the outdoors while still promoting an organization or a cause, and not just enjoying nature. I hope they actually focus on more than William wanting to take George fishing.