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Prince William urges people to speak out about mental health

Author: Leanna Aitken | Posted: 18th January 2017 | Category: General News


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry united at a Heads Together conference to urge people to end the stigma and silence around mental health.

Speaking of the Heads Together conference on 17 January and marking the next phase of the campaign, Prince William spoke about the drastic need to encourage conversations around mental health, stating that he believes “2017 can mark a tipping point for mental health”.

He said:

“There are times when, whoever we are, it is hard to cope with challenges – and when that happens being open and honest and asking for help is life-changing.

“Talking to someone else is a positive and confident step to take – but for too long it has been a case of ‘Keep Quiet and Carry On’.

“As a result, too many people have suffered in silence for too long, and the effects of this can be devastating.

The Duke of Cambridge added that he, Catherine and Prince Harry were “really optimistic” that things are changing around mental health.

Heads Together is a campaign of eight leading mental health organisations led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

It aims to tackle stigma, raise awareness and change the national conversation on mental health.

As the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of the need to normalise mental health and help the nation realise that it is just as important as physical health.

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