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Learn English with Kate Middleton’s Speech. In her first speech, the Duchess of Cambridge called on society to “start from a position of compassion and empathy” to help those struggling with addiction. Her Royal Highness said at the launch of the Taking Action on Addiction campaign: “We all have a role to play, through understanding, listening, and connecting.” In her second speech, The Royal Foundation organized an online event entitled ‘What the UK thinks about the Early Years: A Forum to Launch The Royal Foundation’s Landmark Study on the Early Years’, during which The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a Keynote Address. During her speech, Her Royal Highness spoke of her desire to put the Early Years on an equal footing with the other great social challenges and opportunities of our time.

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Kate Middleton Quote: Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they won't fall at the first hurdle.

“Every child deserves to grow up knowing their potential and feeling confident that they won’t fall at the first hurdle.”Kate Middleton

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ACTION ON ADDICTION

Thank you, Ant and Dec. And thank you, Mike, and The Forward Trust for bringing us all here together this morning. I’m so pleased to be joining you to launch the “Taking Action on Addiction” campaign. And I’m grateful to those of you who have shared your experiences of addiction with me here today.

Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune. It is all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition and seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.

The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognizing what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.

As a society, we need to start from a position of compassion and empathy. Where we nurture those around us, understand their journey and what has come before them. We need to value and prioritize care and support, helping to restore and connect individuals who are clearly suffering to the people around them. That is why I’m so passionate about the work of The Forward Trust, an organization I’m so proud to be patron of. This is the work that you and many other charities provide day in, day out and it’s needed now more than ever.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates and families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before. We know that over one and a half million people across the UK, who did not have substance misuse prior to lockdown, may now be experiencing problems associated with increased alcohol consumption. Around 2 million individuals who were identified as being in recovery, may have experienced a relapse over the past 18 months. And almost one million young people and children are showing an increase in addictive behavior since the pandemic began.

Yet, there is hope. Over the last 10 years, I have had the privilege of meeting many incredible people who have lived through the harsh realities of addiction. Through their own hard work, and with help from communities and charities, such as The Forward Trust, lives really are being turned around. These are stories of healing, of hope and recovery that can inspire us all.

I fully support the ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign to improve awareness and understanding of addiction. The campaign will show us that not only do many people recover from addiction, they can go on to prosper. We can all play our part in helping this work. By understanding, by listening, by connecting. So that together we can build a happier, healthier and more nurturing society. Thank you.

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