Duchess of Cambridge calls for child mental health to be given the focus it deserves

In an interview with The Times the Duchess of Cambridge has urged that more attention be given to the issue of child mental health. This comes after yesterday’s release of data on well-being by the Office of National Statistics which showed  that anxiety and depression affect nearly 21% of 16-24 year olds.

We welcome the Duchess’s focus on child mental health, an area we believe has received way too little attention. Although mental health issues have become less taboo for adults, there is still much stigma around child mental health and this is something we need to change, not only for the sake of our children but also for the sake of adults who could have lived a less troubled life if they had received the help they deserved from a young age.

The Duchess said: “I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties.” 

Here at TimeBank one of our volunteer mentoring programmes, The Switch, focuses on supporting young people making the difficult transition  from child and adolescent mental health care to adult mental health services or indeed out of support altogether. This is a time of great vulnerability for young people and having a mentor independent of family or professional services can make a huge difference to their emotional well-being, helping  them to make the move  effectively and with confidence.

The mentoring relationship helps them through one of the most difficult times of their lives, and provides them with stability in an environment of great change – it’s a small investment that makes a massive difference.

We’re glad that child mental health is finally getting some of the coverage it deserves and are looking forward to it receiving the “focus it requires”!