To mark Father’s Day, Prince William has encouraged fathers to talk“openly about the mental health challenges that families face”.
In an article he wrote forthe Sunday Express, he discussed some of the recent work he had been doing around mental health, explaining that he had realised many people with mental health issues could root them back to unresolved issues from childhood and adolescence.
“I have been really disheartened to learn that even with all the progress made in recent years, many parents would still be ashamed if their children had a mental health problem.No parents whose child needs help is a failure.
Recent surveys have found that more than half of parents have never broached the topic of mental well-being with their children.
He stated that less than a third of fathers thoughtthat the emotional needs of their child was a “fundamental priority”:
“It is often said that fathers can often find it hard to talk about their own feelings so theres no wonder they struggle to speak to their son or daughter about the topic.
I really believe that a childs mental health is just as important as his or her physical health.
He urged fathers to take a moment to ask their children how they were doing, saying that “they need their fathers guidance and support just as much as they need their mothers”.