The Duchess of Cambridge Shares Her Thoughts About Mental Health and the Stigma Behind It.

According to research, there are approximately 208 million people using illegal drugs throughout the world. In the US. According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were 19.9 million Americans used illegal drugs before the survey was taken in 2007.

Another survey taken by Anxiety and Depression Association of America revealed that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults who are 18 years and older. This is 18% of the United States’ population.

More than 3 million men are victims of domestic violence in the USA, 1 out of 4 women suffers the same and over 60% of domestic violence occur at home. This is according to Safe Horizon.

Approximately 28% of students who are 12-18 years old are getting bullied during the entire school year. This is according to American Society for the Positive Care of Children or ASPCC.

These figures are staggering.

The duchess of York said that she and her husband are highly aware of how much bullying, bereavement, and domestic violence affect young people of today. “Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic, leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self-harm,” she said.

“The stigma around mental health means that many children do not get the help that they so badly need. This needs to change.”

“This needs to change,” she said, noting that one’s mental health should be given the same consideration and care as physical health.

“No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they break their arm, and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.”

“The duchess has been a patron of the charity Place2Be since 2013. The charity offers emotional and therapeutic services for British students struggling with mental health illnesses.”

 

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