There was a recent Huffington post about Duchess Kate saying that if her children needed help, she would encourage them to seek therapy. This is great. She is a very high-profile figure in the world. For her to be openly discussing mental health and treating it like it could happen to anyone and is something that can be ‘fixed’, or at least made better, is a big boon for everyone. Too many people don’t want to deal with a loved one that has a mental health problem. They ignore it, which only makes things difficult for everyone. Maybe the person with the problem doesn’t want to admit it or seek help because it would be embarrassing. If it wasn’t such a detriment to discuss mental health, it wouldn’t be a big deal. There are many diseases that wouldn’t have been talked about years ago. Breast cancer comes to mind. At one point there wasn’t much research on breast cancer. If a woman had breast cancer it wasn’t discussed and too many women died. Now, there is a big movement to bring awareness and the state of this disease has moved from an embarrassing killer to something we have no problem talking about and how it’s treatable and defeatable.
A quote from the article – “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 lives are scared to ask,” she said in a statement.
That is exactly true, yet isn’t what happens. The adults don’t want to discuss it, they want to ignore it. Maybe, even worse, they’ll tell the kids to “Get over it” or “deal with it” or something. That is why taking the stigma from mental health problems can alleviate these issues.
The article also mentions a podcast that deals with children’s mental health issues – “Child in Mind” from the Anna Freud National Center for Children. I haven’t listened to any of this podcast yet. I will report back once I’ve listened to some.
The article also stated – Approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. are currently experiencing a diagnosable mental health disorder or will have one at some point in their lives. Yet negative stereotypes surrounding mental health may stand in the way of caregivers seeking treatment for their children. This is what the Royals are hoping to change.
That’s scary for me to think of, but I’m sure the kids in these situations are even more scared. I just think of how much we could improve society if we could identify that 20% and give them some treatment and relief.
Here is the link to the full Huffington Post article – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/duchess-of-cambridge-mental-health_us_57b1c244e4b071840411e074