Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, spoke out to raise awareness about children struggling with mental health in a public service announcement in honor of the United Kingdom's first Children's Mental Health Week.
"The challenges children face in the U.K. today could often feel overwhelming. Both Prince William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, domestic violence, family breakdowns and more," Kate said. "Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self-harm."
She said young people should feel comfortable asking for help.
"We need to help young people and their parents understand that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help," the duchess said. "A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support."
The 33-year-old mom also emphasized that "no one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they broke their arm, and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties."
"The stigma about mental health means many children do not get the help they so badly need. This needs to change," Middleton said. "Together, with open conversations and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes towards mental health change and children receive the support they deserve."