Kate, Wills and Prince Harry release videos for mental health campaign
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released ten specially-commissioned films about mental health issues, featuring stars such as Ruby Wax and Professor Green.
Celebrities including former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff, journalist Mark Austin and comedian Ruby Wax have spoken candidly about their experiences of mental illness as part of a major new royal project.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have today released ten specially-commissioned films featuring people from all walks of life talking about their battles with anxiety, alcoholism, depression, trauma and eating disorders.
The films form part of their long-running campaign to break what they say is the national stigma around mental health issues.
Leading directors such as Stephen Frears, whose previous work includes The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons and Philomena, have also taken part in the project.
Last year William, Kate and Harry formed the Heads Together coalition, bringing together some of the country’s leading charities and campaigners in the field to start what they describe as a ‘national conversation about mental health’.
A new survey commissioned by the organisation, described as the most comprehensive survey ever conducted on the mental health stigma, has found that the issue is at a ‘tipping point’.
Its findings show that nearly half of the public have had a conversation about mental health over the past three months but that men are still less likely to talk about the issue than women – just 37 per cent compared to 54 per cent.
Most are likely to broach the issue first with a friend or family member, while just three per cent have spoken to someone from an support organisation and two per cent with someone from human resources at work.
Kate has been inspired to tackle issue through her work with addicts, many of whom have suffered unresolved mental health issues as children, while William was moved after dealing with a suicide case on his first day at work as a pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance.
‘They want mental health to be elevated to the same level as physical health and well-being, which is something we all feel comfortable talking about, said an aide.