20 June 2016
On father’s day, Prince William in a message on the website of Heads Together, wrote about the importance of Mental and Physical Health in the life of children.
He wrote: “Today I celebrate my third Father’s Day as a father. For me it is a day not just to celebrate how fortunate I am for my young family, but to reflect on just how much I’ve learned about fatherhood and the issues facing fathers in all walks of life.
“In particular, it is a time to reflect on my responsibility to look after not just the physical health of my two children, but to treat their mental needs as just as important a priority,” he wrote.
Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry last month launched the Heads Together Campaign hoping to create a safe environment where kids feel comfortable opening up about the mental health challenges they face growing up.
The campaign aims to end stigma around mental health and to change the national conversation on mental well-being and will be a partnership with a number of mental health charities, including Mind.
It will be the biggest single project Their Royal Highnesses have undertaken together.
They hope their new campaign will draw attention to the most difficult issues young people and parents face tackling bullying, suicide, homophobia and other unresolved mental health concerns.
Prince William said he is trying to end the stigma around mental health and encourage fathers to take an active role in their children’s life and not be afraid to reach out for help.
“We know that fathers find asking for help harder than mothers,” he wrote in his message.
“So on this Father’s Day, I encourage all fathers to take a moment to ask their children how they are doing. And know that if your son or daughter ever needs help, they need their father’s guidance and support just as much as they need their mother’s,” he wrote.