The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have long championed the importance of talking about your mental health and how you feel. They previously created mental health organization Heads Together in 2016 and later expanded their work by launching the Shout hotline.
Prince William and Catherine today interrupted every radio station in the country to talk about loneliness and the importance of connecting with your friends for the ‘mental health minute’.
The couple have been praised by fans on social media for bringing attention to the crucial issue and for the nationwide scale with which it is being done.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shocked an estimated 20 million radio listeners today as they were heard talking loneliness for the ‘mental health minute’. Their powerful speech called on the country to help people come out of loneliness by looking out for their friends and the people they know.
The minute-long conversation took place to soft background music and began with, “Hello, my name is Catherine and I’m William and we would like to talk for just a minute about loneliness.
“We’re all in different places right now. Not just physically but mentally. And we can all feel lonely sometimes. It doesn’t matter who – or where – we are. We can feel it for many different reasons. But we can all of us help others feel less isolated and more connected.
“The past two years have really reminded us of the importance of human connections. So if you think someone you know might be feeling lonely, call them, text them or knock on their door.
“Perhaps suggest meeting for a cup of tea or a walk. Because these little acts of kindness can make a big difference and help us all feel less alone.
“So apologies for interrupting every radio station in the country, but if we interrupt the lives of those who feel lonely, we can help them out of loneliness.”
This year’s Mental Health Minute supports Better Health – Every Mind Matters which offers tips for tackling loneliness and provides NHS-approved advice to help people look after their mental wellbeing.
Every Mind Matters is a platform designed to encourage people to take care of their mental health. It was launched with the support of Prince William and Catherine in April 2020.
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