Prince William urged the nation to ‘keep talking’ about mental health when he joined Kate Middleton and a string of stars in a special radio broadcast.
The Duchess of Cambridge said that ‘mental health binds us all’ as the royal couples joined stars from the worlds of sports, television and the arts featured in the Mental Health Minute message, broadcast on radio waves across the country. occasion of Mental Health Awareness Week.
David Beckham, Dame Shirley Bassey and Charles Dance were among the celebrities who each spoke a line of the message written by poet and mental health activist Hussain Manawer, who was also featured on the broadcast.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today marked Mental Health Awareness Week, with a one-minute talk on more than 500 radio stations.
During the 60-second message, William said, “So as we get to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be great to keep talking.”
He was followed by singer-songwriter Anne Marie, who said, ‘Let’s keep making the conversation accessible to a loved one, friend or colleague.’
Kate was next and said, “Because our mental health binds us all.”
The Mental Health Minute was broadcast simultaneously on every UK radio station at 10.59am on Friday and united commercial, community and all BBC stations, with an estimated audience of over 20 million.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (bottom right) were among the many names including Jamie Oliver and David Beckham who participated in the Mental Health Minute
William and Kate’s Message on Mental Health
Every radio station across the country is singing the same song right now.
That’s right. We all send out the same energy.
By conveying much-needed empathy, we usually all hit the same note.
Taking time to reflect on the most challenging years that come together to share, understand, love and hope.
We’ve started a lot of much-needed conversations, which is exceptional.
Across the country, the shift each generation plays against the stigma to change is unbelievable.
So as we get to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be great to keep talking
Let’s keep making the conversation accessible to a loved one, friend, or colleague
Because our mental health, mind, each of us together.
It’s universal. It unites us. It makes us inseparable.
Also featured in the broadcast were chef Jamie Oliver, English footballer Jesse Lingard and actress Joanna Lumley.
Dame Shirley started the broadcast by saying, “Every radio station across the country is singing the same song right now,” followed by Lumley adding, “That’s right, we’re all broadcasting the same energy.”
Charles Dance, known to modern audiences for his role in Game Of Thrones, said, ‘By conveying much-needed empathy, we all hit the same notes,’ and former English football star Beckham said, ‘Taking time to think , through the most challenging of coming together for years, to share understanding, love and hope. ‘
Provided by Radiocentre, the commercial radio industry association, and independent podcast and audio producer Somethin ‘Else, the Mental Health Minute was created in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Shout was researched and developed by The Royal Foundation as a legacy of the Heads Together campaign and launched in May 2019 by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The service provides 24-hour support from clinical supervisors and trained volunteers to ensure that no one has to face their problems alone.
The Mental Health Awareness Week, organized annually by the Mental Health Foundation, is now 21 years old and runs from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 May.
Yesterday, the couple visited the West Midlands for a day of engagements, meeting groups that help young people with their mental health.
The first stop was The Way Youth Zone, a state-of-the-art facility offering activities and support to young people, where Kate and William got their hands dirty planting flower pots. The sporty Kate looked in her element as she tried archery, while William couldn’t resist showing off his football skills.
Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Base25, which provides essential services such as anger management and counseling courses for young people, before concluding the day at HugglePets in the Community, which uses animal encounters to address children’s mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Watch the price! Sporty Kate, 39, was in her element when she participated in an archery session and played a game of table tennis in the Way Youth Zone, a state-of-the-art facility that provides activities and support for young people
How does your garden grow? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all laughed as they watered and planted some on a visit to The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, with Kate looking chic in a navy blue Tory Burch blouse and an elegant dark blue coat.
Kate and the Chameleon! The Duchess of Cambridge kept a chameleon on a visit to HugglePets in the Community, which uses animals to address children’s mental health concerns
Kate has made children’s mental health and child development the cornerstone of her royal work.
The Duke and Duchess joined a group of young people using The Way’s services while attending a number of wellness sessions and meeting a group of HeadStart ambassadors.
The Duke and Duchess’s second visit was to Base25, a city center charity that has been operating for more than 20 years to support young people who have difficulties accessing regular services.
The charity works with approximately 9,000 young people annually and offers a range of services for children, young people and their families, including counseling and a daily walk-in center.
On Monday, the second in a series of conversations between The Duchess and participants of the Hold Still photography project was released earlier today on The Duke and Duchess’s YouTube channel.
In the fall, The Duchess spoke with Niaz Maleknia and her daughter Romy, who appear in Niaz’s photographic portrait entitled Canceled.
In the video, Romy can be heard talking to The Duchess about some of the difficulties young people faced during lockdown, including canceling their exams, and the impact this challenging period had on students’ mental health.