Royals to Mark World Mental Health Day
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will mark World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by Mind at London’s Harrow College on Saturday, 10 October.
The royal couple will meet young people who have battled their own mental health problems and now volunteer with Mind in Harrow or the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, to raise awareness about mental health with other young people.
Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said: “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining Mind to celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day. Their support will shine a spotlight on mental health and we hope it will spark conversations in households across the country, amplifying the vital message that it’s time to talk about mental health. We hope it will encourage people to think about the little things we can all do to make a difference to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
“The Duke and Duchess will meet young people who have experienced mental health problems and volunteer for our Mindkit project, which is being delivered across London and educates young people about emotional health and resilience. They will also be introduced to some of our Time to Change young champions. Through this invaluable work we are reaching more young people every year, raising awareness about mental health and breaking down the stigma that stops young people speaking out and getting help. Together we’ll celebrate both the personal achievements of young people who battle mental health problems every day, and the success of local projects that work to help young people through difficult times.”
Mr Farmer also praised Prince William and Duchess Catherine for their work to raise awareness of mental health problems that young people face.
He said: “The Duke and Duchess are committed to raising awareness about the mental health problems faced by young people and we are grateful that they have chosen to champion Mind’s work. We hope it will inspire a new generation of young people to not be afraid or ashamed to talk about mental health problems.”