Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

William's Hopes for His Children ... and Why There Is No Shame in Feeling Down

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

William's Hopes for His Children ... and Why There Is No Shame in Feeling Down

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor

PRINCE William today called for adults to encourage children to "talk and get support" if they are feeling down as he spoke about his and Kate's own hopes for their son and daughter.

The Duke of Cambridge said he and the Duchess want George, three, and his one-year-old sister Charlotte not only to achieve their academic potential but feel emotionally supported too.

In a blog published today before a visit to a secondary school in Essex, at the start of the new term, William said: "For many young people, changing schools or starting a new academic year is really difficult to deal with.

"Catherine and I have young children who will be going through this themselves in a short period of time, and like all parents we will want to make sure that our children are not just able to achieve their academic potential at school but are also happy and emotionally supported."

The couple are spearheading a campaign with Prince Harry, Heads Together, to improve awareness of psychological issues. The Duke, 34, and Duchess have said they "feel very strongly" about getting mental health support if necessary for George, who started at nursery in January, and Charlotte.

In his blog, published on the Heads Together website, William said: "If we could end the old-fashioned idea that feeling down is something to be ashamed of, something that you shouldn't burden others with, we would make our society a much happier and healthier place.

"By encouraging children to talk and to get support, we could stop these feelings developing into more serious problems that continue into adulthood."

Today William and Kate were visiting Stewards Academy in Harlow to promote Heads Together, which they launched with Harry, 32, in May.

The royals work with several organisations as part of the initiative, including children's mental health charity Place2Be, which supports the school.

In his blog, William wrote: "What Stewards Academy practises is the belief that children should be comfortable with admitting if they ever feel overwhelmed (it is very normal to feel like that, after all) and that children should know that they can ask for help. …

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