Duchess of Cambridge to turn editor for a day to highlight children’s mental health issues
The Duchess of Cambridge is to become an online journalist to highlight children’s mental health issues.
She will be guest editor of the Huffington Post UK for a day next month and turn Kensington Palace into a news room to champion youngsters in need of help.
The Duchess, who will make the sometimes taboo subject one of her major work focuses, last year vowed to set out her ambition to help the one in 10 children with mental health disorders in Britain.
As part of her role as guest editor, the Duchess will invite contributions from leading figures in the mental health sector as well as from young people, parents and teachers.
Stephen Hull, Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost UK, said he was “thrilled” that the Duchess had agreed to the task.
He added: “Dealing with mental health issues has been a major editorial focus for us and I am very excited to be working together on such an important project.”
Dubbed ‘Crusading Kate’ by the Daily Mail, she will hope she can banish prejudice and raise awareness of this complex issue.
While the Duchess has pledged to continue her work on behalf of her other charities, which include The Art Room, SportsAid and East Anglian Children’s Hospice, she is determined children’s mental health will be her focus.
An aide said: “The Duchess spent a large chunk of last year on maternity leave. She will continue to focus on her family but this year she will be doing more engagements and mental health is going to be a big cause.”
She will begin her crusade by making a rare video appeal to promote Children’s Mental Health Week, which starts on February 8. Her aim is to teach young people the importance of ‘bouncing forward from life’s challenges’, The Mail on Sunday revealed.
She is a patron and spokesperson for the charity, Place2Be – which provides counselling in schools. She filmed a similar video message in 2015 on their behalf. She is also teaming up with her husband, Prince William, to promote World Mental Health Day in October for the charity called, Mind.
Many of Britain’s children are suffering emotional or mental health problems because of family breakdown, addiction problems or abuse but the government spends only six per cent of the mental health budget on children, despite evidence childhood problems cause much bigger ones in adulthood.