Kate and William join celebrities with touching video for Mental Health awareness week


In the video, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge urged the nation to talk to each other to help stop the mental health crisis across the country. In the 60-second video, the pair will deliver the Mental Health Minute message, which will be broadcast across the nation’s radio stations on Friday morning. The message will also encourage everyone in the UK to spark a conversation, highlighting how one chat can aid some with serious mental health issues.

The pair will be joining David Beckham, Dame Shirley Bassey and Charles Dance as royals and celebrities come together to tackle the issue.

The Mental Health Minute was created in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The script for William and Kate’s video was written by mental health activist Hussain Manawer.

Mr Manawer features in the video and has been a long-time supporter of Shout 85258 and the mental health campaigns Heads Together and Heads Up, run by the foundation.

Victoria Hornby, chief executive officer of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind Shout 85258, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Shout is being highlighted in this year’s Mental Health Minute.

“It has been an incredibly tough year for so many people and it’s more important than ever that anyone who is feeling worried or overwhelmed knows where to turn, to reach out for help.

“Our service is here 24/7 for people to have a free, confidential text conversation with one of our trained volunteers who will listen without judgment, help you feel calm and find a way forward.

“Just text SHOUT to 85258 at any time of day or night; we’re here for you.”

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William said launching the programme: “Heads Up will show men that we all have mental health just like we have physical health.”

On Wednesday, William also travelled to the Met Police’s Croydon Custody Centre.

There he met with Commissioner Cressida Dick and paid tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana.

The Duke also used the visit to speak to staff and officers working to provide mental health support to colleagues across the police force.

William said: “Meeting The Duke today brought back many fond memories of Matt, his enormous energy, his sense of duty and his overwhelming kindness.

“He was not just our colleague, he was our dear friend.

“His personality was the life and sound of Croydon Custody Centre and we all miss him dearly.”



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