Princess Kate Middleton “This Was Not A Choice”
The Princess of Wales recently shared a video message about addiction recovery from her perspective as patron of The Forward Trust. The trust, founded in 1991, helps people break the cycle of addiction and crime. The campaign was launched on the first day of Addiction Awareness Week. Princess Kate has long focused on the need for people suffering from addiction to seek help and understand the nature of their disease. The princess’ message also emphasized the role of society in the fight against addiction.
“Addiction is a serious mental health condition that can happen to anyone, no matter what age, gender, race or nationality,” Kate, 40, said. “As Patron of The Forward Trust, I have met many people who have suffered from the effects of addiction.”
She continued, “Attitudes to addiction are changing. But we are not there yet, and we need to be. Still the shame of addiction is stopping people and families asking for help and people are still tragically losing their lives. We as a society need to recognize that the only way to help those suffering is to try and understand what has led them to addiction, to empathize with them and to be compassionate to their struggles.”
Speaking directly to those suffering from addiction, Kate said, “Please know that addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. I want you to know that this is also a serious health condition. Please do not let shame hold you back from getting the help you so desperately need.”
“The charities leading the Taking Action on Addiction Campaign, along with others, are working across the country delivering life-changing work to help people recover and move forward. They are here for you. So please ask for help,” she continued. “I know this was not a choice. Recovery is possible.”
The Princess of Wales’ recent involvement with addiction charities has helped her to better understand mental health issues, which has helped her in her work on early childhood education. The couple, who normally don’t attend public events, also took a break from public engagements last week. This allowed them to spend time with their children.
The Princess of Wales’ latest project is sponsoring an expedition to Antarctica. The expedition is led by Captain Preet Chandi, a physiotherapist and British Army officer. Captain Chandi hopes to become the first woman to cross Antarctica alone and travel more than 1,000 miles alone.
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