Even though he’s a prince, has a heavy bank account, and has people waiting on him hand and foot, it does not mean that Prince William also does not go through everyday struggles like the rest of us average folks. And William was able to reveal some of his struggles Tuesday when he joined in on a discussion about mental health in London at the This Can Happen conference.
The 36-year-old first revealed that his time as an air ambulance pilot, a job he did right before he and Kate Middleton had children and after as well, affected him, saying that the job really began taking a toll on him after he became a father and “worked several times on traumatic jobs involving children.”
The Duke of Cambridge said: “The relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge. And I started feeling things that I’ve never felt before. And I got very sad and very down about this particular family.”
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“Just as we look after our physical health, we need to look after our #MentalHealth.” — The Duke of Cambridge, speaking at the 2018 This Can Happen Conference, the largest corporate mental health event ever to take place in the UK. Earlier this year, The Duke launched #MentalHealthAtWork, an online gateway to hundreds of workplace wellbeing tools and resources, which was developed by @Heads_Together and @MindCharity.
William also confessed that he found himself struggling to keep his work away from home, saying: “You start to take away bits of the job and keep them in your body. And of course, you don’t want to share with your loved ones because you just don’t want to bring that sort of stuff home.”
It’s almost as if William is…human. And even though William and Kate have their hands busy with their kids, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, six months, and even though they are out and about doing royal stuff, they have still taken the time to really raise awareness for mental health. William, Kate, and Prince Harry joined together to create the Heads Together initiative to help educate people, as well as erase the stigmas around mental health and treatment.
Let’s give it up for William, Kate, and Harry, and for anyone else that goes out of their way to raise mental health awareness.
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