During a youth mental health summit in Toronto, the Duke of Cambridge made a special appearance, even if it was only by video.
During the event on 3 March organised by Jack.org, the second-in-line to the throne joined in a video speaking about the importance of feeling comfortable about being able to open up about mental health.
A pre-recorded video feature people from all around discussing their own battle with mental health issues. In the clip, Prince William started by saying: “Hello to everyone involved in Jack.org across Canada and a special welcome to the delegates of the sixth annual Jack Summit,
“Thank you for coming together to help change the mental health landscape.”
During the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s last visit to Canada in 2016, they met with representatives of Jack.org, a Canadian organisation that works on reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health. Not unlike that of Heads Together which was started by the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry.
Prince William continued: “It has been 18 short months since we met 23 impressive Jack.org leaders during our visit to British Columbia, and since we heard about the promising work you were up to across the country.”
Adding on: “I don’t have to tell you how important the work you are doing on mental health is, nor how vital it is for young people to be able to speak out and feel comfortable talking about their mental health.”
Jack.org was started by Sandra Hanington and Eric Windeler 2010 after they lost their son, Jack, to suicide. During their first year they teamed up with the Canadian helpline, Kids Help Phone, to start workshops and presentations aimed towards youth and getting them to find the support they need. The organisation has since grown to support 2,500 student leaders across the country who are all working on changing the way people view mental health.