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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend Health Writers Conference

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their busy weekend of work towards ending the stigma around mental health with a visit to the Guild of Health Writers Conference.

The conference was focusing on a variety of mental health issues, specifically anxiety.

After meeting some of those attending the event, Prince William gave a speech to further discuss the work that he, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are doing with the Heads Together campaign in which they initiated.

The Duke filled the crowd in with the staggering statistics of anxiety saying how “at the moment, on average it takes a sufferer ten years to admit to a problem.

“That means that what often starts as a fairly minor issue becomes something serious & medical after time, but talking can lead to help.”

He went on to discuss the campaign the Royal Trio are proposing: “We want that ‘someone else’ to be celebrated – simply for taking the time to ask ‘are you okay?’ and to properly listen to the answer.”

 “Your work is vital – if more people speak about mental health in an open, honest & non-judgemental way, the easier this task will become”
Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been putting the pressure on to “start the conversation” around mental health. Prince Harry has focused much of his work with Veterans, the Duchess with children and the Duke with first responders. All topics that are near and dear to their hearts.

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“The suicide rate among young men is an appalling stain on our society” the Duke continued. “We have to get more men talking.”
Heads Together has launched videos in assisting those who need help and those who have reached out to someone that needs guidance.
“If another issue took so many lives there’d be outcry. But around suicide only silence. This has to stop,” Prince William urged.
You can learn more about starting the conversation here.

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