Kate Middleton writes about her hopes for Princess Charlotte and Prince George

On Wednesday, February 17, the 34-year-old royal teamed up with the editors of Huffington Post UK to launch the Young Minds Matter campaign. This initiative focuses on the fight against the stigma around mental health, and has been discussed using the hashtag #YoungMindsMatter.

The Duchess, née Kate Middleton, has penned an emotional essay about young people’s mental health, which she deems as vital as physical health.

Prince William’s wife wishes that her children will be open in expressing their feelings, and if they experience problems the royal parents “would not hesitate to seek help for [their] children if they needed it.”

“We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older,” Kate wrote. “We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”

Kensington Palace shared pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge on its official Twitter page from her first day as guest editor.

The First Lady of The United States, Michelle Obama, also expressed her support to this cause.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been a passionate voice on so many important issues, and I’m grateful that she is using her day as Guest Editor to shine a bright light on mental health, particularly children’s mental health, and on the tens of millions of people who suffer in silence,” Obama wrote on Huffington Post UK.

On the same day, the Palace announced that Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s mother has become of the Anna Freud Centre.

Catherine is also a Royal Patron of the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, which offers support to students and their families.