Kate Middleton wore a chic red outfit today in London, as she stepped out to make an appearance for a worthy cause. The Duchess of Cambridge chose a fitted red turtleneck dress, which she accessorized with tan heels and a matching purse.
The Duchess is Patron of the Forward Trust, a British charity that supports people who are experiencing drug and alcohol dependence. Today, she made a speech to launch the charity's "Taking Action on Addiction” campaign, which aims to improve understanding of addiction and its causes, and to reduce stigma and shame.
"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," the Duchess said in her speech. She went on to point out that despite the prevalence of addiction, it's sometimes left out of conversations about mental health, and too little time is spent on trying to understand its causes.
"The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex," she continued. "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."
The Duchess also pointed out the particular timeliness of the campaign, given the impact that the pandemic has had on addiction rates. She noted that statistically, many people in the UK without a history of substance misuse are experiencing problems since the COVID-19 lockdown, and even more people in recovery have relapsed.
Ending on a note of hope, she emphasized the inspirational stories of recovery that she's encountered through her work with the Forward Trust. "The campaign will show us that, not only do many people recover from addiction, they can go on to prosper."
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