THE Duchess of Cambridge has spoken about her desire to “break the stigma” around mental health as a week-long campaign began to raise awareness of the issue.
In one video posted on her YouTube channel, Kate said there was “no shame” in talking about the issue as she chatted with a student about how the changes brought on by the pandemic are affecting young people.
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the West Midlands on Thursday to highlight the work of local organizations that support children and young people, in many cases with the help of nature.
On Friday, the couple will again take part in the annual Mental Health Minute – a special message broadcast by a series of famous faces to more than 20 million listeners on 500 radio stations.
Kate is seen in the YouTube video talking with Niaz Maleknia, whose photo of her student daughter Romy was chosen for the final 100 images in the Duchess’ “Hold Still” project to document life during the pandemic.
Asked by Duchess how young people were “coping with all these changes,” Romy said some struggled with their mental health during the pandemic but were willing to talk about their issues.
She said, “I think people have become more open because it’s so common now for people to struggle with it, and it’s natural to struggle with it under these circumstances.”
Kate responded, “Absolutely, because everyone has been through something together in some way, so there’s no shame in talking about it.
“And that’s what we really wanted to do, which is to break that stigma and try to start conversations about mental health, and it’s great to hear that people are much more open about it.