Ever since her marriage to Prince William, Kate Middleton has continued to charm the public. The wildly popular Duchess of Cambridge has become known for her charitable work, patronage of the arts, and diplomatic tours. She has now taken up a new cause, and Duchess Kate is working to provide help for those with mental illnesses. On Tuesday, she made a very heartwarming speech at a royal family event to reduce mental health stigma.
Duchess Kate Makes Speech to Support Mental Health Awareness
Kate gave a heartwarming speech on Tuesday as part of a briefing for the Heads Together foundation. This is a campaign created by Prince William, Prince Harry, and Duchess Kate that is focuses on providing support and aid for those with mental health. Heads Together has a mission to “tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades” and ensure “that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.”
Kate’s speech shone light on just how many people in the United Kingdom are dealing with mental health. She pointed out that many people do not realize mental health is a big issue because those with mental health problems tend to hide their diagnosis. Kate’s speech points out that this sense of reservation and shame around mental health just makes it harder for people to get the treatment they need. She said,
The challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help, admitting that they are not coping. Fear, or reticence, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence – allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.
This is not the first time that Duchess Kate has spoken out in support of those with mental health issues. She has also given her royal backing to Moving Parents and Children Together, which is one of the few UK organizations to help families recover from drug addiction.
The Potential Impact of Kate’s Campaign Against Mental Health Stigma
Kate’s speech makes several good points, and her celebrity status may help to spread this important message. Ever since her engagement, Kate has repeatedly been compared to her deceased mother-in-law, the beloved Princess Diana. It seems that Kate is now following in Princess Diana’s footsteps by taking up the cause of a highly stigmatized group.
Back in the 1990s, Princess Diana made headlines by interacting with AIDS patients without wearing gloves and a mask. This highly publicized event raised awareness about the stigma faced by those with AIDS and encouraged others to treat AIDS patients with respect and compassion. Hopefully, Duchess Kate will have a similar effect on the media. She may be able to reduce the mental health stigma and encourage people to treat mental health patients with more empathy and a kind regard.
As a lead on the Heads Together campaign, Kate will not just be raising awareness and speaking out against the shame often associated with mental illness. The organization also raises money to provide real treatment and support for those with mental health problems.
Duchess Kate’s Next Charitable Plans
Kate’s continued support for those with mental illness can provide real help for people suffering from depression, addiction, and other issues. As one of the most beloved and respected celebrities in the region, her decision to promote mental illness treatment and acceptance makes a big difference. In April, the Duke and Duchess will be heading a charity run through London to further raise awareness and money for those with mental health issues.