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In light of Father’s Day, Prince William penned a message to parents, especially dads, urging them to check in with their children on their mental health. The prince partnered with the charity Heads Together to write an open letter on talking openly about mental health challenges in the home, and the stigma behind it.

“Today I celebrate my third Father’s Day as a father. 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,” says Prince William. “Along with Catherine and Harry I have been spending a lot of time working on issues around mental health.”

He later states in the letter “While the circumstances of any one situation are unique, it is clear that many families could have been helped if they had found it easier to talk openly about mental health challenges in the home. And 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.”

To read the full letter he posted, click here.

Have you discussed mental health with your family? Tell us in the comments below.

H/T: NBC News

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