Sunday, 19 June 2016

Prince William's Father's Day Message

The Duke of Cambridge with his son and daughter - he has written a special Father's Day message as part of his campaign to shine a spotlight on mental health issues

The Duke of Cambridge has chosen to send a special message to fellow dads on Father's Day. While there may well be breakfast in bed and a rather messy homemade card or two for William on this special day, his thoughts are also on a subject he has been very vocal on the past few months. The Duke of Cambridge is appealing to fathers to treat mental health as seriously as physical health as they help their children grow and develop.

William is writing in the Sunday Express where he says that dads need to talk about mental health and to share their own feelings more to encourage their children to do the same.

And he talks about the impact that mental health issues can have on a child, noting that one in five children will have experienced an emotional or psychological issue by their fifth birthday. He goes on to say that left untreated that can have a huge impact on the rest of their life.

William uses his Father's Day message to appeal to all dads to talk to their children about how they are getting along and to discuss their own feelings with their partners or friends but he keeps coming back to his underlying message - that mental health is as important as physical health.

The Duke of Cambridge, who yesterday played polo for charity, has joined with Kate and Harry in recent months to put a spotlight on mental health issues. Their Heads Together campaign aims to focus on many different elements of mental health and to change the way it is viewed and discussed to get more people to talk about problems and get the support they need.

Photo credit: BBC TV still and Kensington Palace Twitter.

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