Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry opened the Global Academy in Hayse, London. This is a new West London school that builds mental health and wellbeing courses into its curriculum.
During her time at the Global Academy, the Duchess said that parents should begin teaching their children at a very early age about emotions and mental through play if they do not talk yet.
She spoke to two mothers who admitted that they needed a friend after having small babies. The Duchess responded by sharing: “It is lonely at times. You do feel quite isolated.
“But actually, so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through. But it’s being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out.”
While at the studio, the royals watched the Heart FM breakfast show being made. They also toured a studio there, as well. When Her Royal Highness heard of how students are benefiting from the institution’s classes, she said: “It’s having those age-appropriate conversations and bringing in the topic of mental health really at different levels, whether it be at a happy level or a more serious level.
“It’s the same with younger children, and even helping parents to start these conversations from a much earlier age but through play even if their language has not yet developed.
“Very young children actually do not even have the language to express how they are feeling, so it comes out in behavioural problems.”
She continued: “So being able to find ways to address those problems really early on is great.”
Prince Harry told students that discussing mental health had been seen as a “dry, depressing subject” which “turned people away” in the past.
“If you can bring a light-hearted humour and encourage people to speak about the subject in that way, it puts a smile on your face,” the Prince said.
The Duke of Cambridge said: “The strongest guys are the ones who can talk about it.
“The weak guys are the ones who bottle it away, and it makes their lives spiral completely out of control. And it ruins their lives eventually.
“You waste a lot of your life worrying and stressing about stuff that frankly if you have a conversation and talk to somebody it will make everything much better.
Prince Harry said: “I think the whole country has shown a real appetite to want to talk about this.
“We have sort of unlocked something.”
The Duke of Cambridge added: “It’s like taking the lid off a boiling pan. It’s been simmering for a very long time, and everyone is desperate for it to come out.
“It’s just providing a mechanism. We need to prioritise mental health.”