The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry pledge

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Prince William, Kate Middleton (wearing Armani) and Prince Harry attended the official opening of The Global Academy
Prince William, Kate Middleton (wearing Armani) and Prince Harry attended the official opening of The Global Academy

Royals pledge £2m to boost UK’s mental health

The Royal Foundation will fund an innovation unit developing new tools and services to help people discuss mental health.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have reconfirmed their commitment to the issue of mental health with the announcement of a £2m investment.

The money has come from their charitable trust, the Royal Foundation, and will be used to set up a digital innovation unit to develop new tools and services that will help people have conversations about their mental health and access support.

Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY
Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY

It is the largest single grant ever given by the foundation since it began operating in 2011.

The digital innovation unit is the next phase in their high profile Heads Together campaign, which saw the Royals team up with the London Marathon to create the world’s first mental health marathon.

It also attracted high-profile support from the likes of Lady Gaga, Professor Green, Ruby Wax, Alastair Campbell and Theresa May.

On a visit to Imperial College London’s Data Observatory on Friday, William learned about the campaign’s progress in its drive to “change the conversation on mental health”.

He was shown a collection of data visualisations from the biggest ever series of surveys on mental health involving 14,000 members of the British public.

In hysterics Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William laugh together at a 'welly wanging' contest in London last October Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
In hysterics Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William laugh together at a ‘welly wanging’ contest in London last October Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The surveys suggested that a total 1.5 million more people (3%) were talking about mental health in May compared to February 2017, when the surveys were launched, with a 12% increase in the number of those admitting to talking about their own mental health.

After hearing about the work of the campaign, William said: “Wow. Lots of figures. Amazing,” and added that it had been “fantastic” to see data about the campaign’s impact around the UK.

The Mix, one of their eight charity partners, offers advice to teenagers and young people who already use their phones, social media and online search engines to find support.

Chris Martin, CEO of The Mix, said: “The potential of these technologies is developing all the time and – increasingly – young people turn to these channels first when they are struggling.

“Now is the perfect moment for The Royal Foundation to help kick-start the creation of impactful new tools that will help young people have conversations about their mental health and find the support they need, when they need it.”

On Tuesday William, Kate and Harry will mark world mental health day, which this year focuses on workplace wellbeing.

Harry attended the event with Prince William and Kate to launch the new mental health campaign
Harry attended the event with Prince William and Kate to launch the new mental health campaign

In the coming weeks and months they are expected to make more announcements about how they are going to focus on what resources are needed in the workplace, in schools and within the military, to make mental wellbeing a priority and make sure everyone can get access to the help they need.

Source: SKY NEWS COM

Tags: Teenagers, Developing, Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

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