I fully intend to cover various other royal women in a round up tomorrow, including Queen Letizia rocking a giant tiara, but I saw this People article and wanted to write up a quick post on it. People has a quote, that I’ve not read before, from Kate Middleton about how she is so passionate about mental health.
There were very few royal reporters out with Kate at her engagements in Wales this past Wednesday – none of the regular people I follow were there – but Simon Perry at People was one of the few who seemed to be there with Kate. In his original article on the day’s engagements, there were no quotes from Kate. But in a new article from People it has a quote that is attributed to Kate of her talking to one of the parents at the event. The article also has a quote from the chief executive praising Kate’s work with mental health awareness.
Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, said of Kate: “We’re delighted that she’s become our patron. [She understands] our values are around doing what we know works and what’s needed and doing what’s right. The Duchess of Cambridge has been a very committed supporter of improving the mental health of children, of supporting families and taking action early, which is a big focus for Action for Children and what this project here is all about. Since she has been working in this area with the Princes William and Harry there has been a really transformative impact on the way that we see mental health issues in the U.K., particularly around young people. It was quite a stigma as mental health was seen as very different way to physical health. She has been part of a real change in both political — when you see the way politicians talk — it is also in the way everyday people see it. We are talking about and see it as okay to talk about. She has been a huge spearhead of that.”
Kate on her passion for bettering the lives of children: “It’s an area I am so passionate about — in particular the development of, and early intervention with, young children and support for family structures. In these early fundamental years, it’s traumatic for the child or if the parent or primary career is not around, so for me to get in as early as possible is important. Particularly if you come from challenging situations, for parents to be given support as early as possible is important.”
I’m still hugely skeptical of the Heads Together campaign and William, Kate, and Harry’s involvement with mental health awareness, but on the flip side we, on here, are now talking about mental health issues so there is that.
I don’t know if there really is any more to Kate’s “passion” for young children’s mental health beyond she had a great childhood and wants everyone else to have the same, but I still find myself asking “Why?” whenever she talks about how and why she cares so much about mental health.
In addition to Kate’s engagement to Ronald McDonald House Evelina London next Tuesday on February 28, Kate will also attend a reception on Monday February 27 with The Queen, Philip, and William, among others, to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.