Prince William marks Father's Day by urging Dads to speak to children about Mental Health 5 years ago

Prince William marks Father's Day by urging Dads to speak to children about Mental Health

"I really believe that a child’s mental health is just as important as his or her physical health."

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Father's Day is about celebrating the duty, love and care that Dads around the world provide, and Prince William has a very important message to fellow fathers.

As he celebrates his third Father's Day as a Dad, The Duke of Cambridge spoke openly about the need for a healthier discussion around mental health in the family home.

Father of George, 3, and Charlotte, 1, Prince William urged for men not to neglect the responsibility of looking after the mental needs of their children.

"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."

In an article published in the Sunday Express, Prince William highlighted that a fifth of children will have a mental health issue by their 11th birthday and stressed that if left unresolved can "alter the course of a child’s life forever".

"It is often said that fathers can often find it hard to talk about their own feelings so there’s no wonder they struggle to speak to their son or daughter about the topic. But we don’t really have a choice.

"I really believe that a child’s mental health is just as important as his or her physical health."

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, holds Prince George of Cambridge as they leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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William's Father's Day message concluded by encouraging all Dads to 'take a moment' out for their children:

"So on this Father’s Day, I encourage all fathers to take a moment to ask their children how they are doing. Take the opportunity to discuss how you are coping with life and fatherhood with your wife, partner or with your friends.

"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."