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To mark this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and to mark the occasion, this morning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge interrupted 500 radio broadcasts across the country to share an important message.
Calling for our help with a rare radio call, they encouraged the nation to “raise [others] out of loneliness. »
Hoping to reach around twenty million listeners, during Mental Health Minute’s sixty-second message, the couple urged everyone to play their part in tackling loneliness, this year’s theme.
You wonder how? The Duchess of Cambridge shared: “If you think someone you know might be feeling lonely, call, text or knock on the door.”
William suggests “meet for a cup of tea or a walk” – a simple and practical step that most could easily follow.
Kate went on to explain how such seemingly small actions can have a big and lasting impact, adding: “These small acts of kindness can make a big difference in helping us feel less alone.”
While the Duke and Duchess apologized for the interruption, they stressed that talking about mental health help is key to tackling the epidemic of loneliness the UK is currently facing.
“Apologies for interrupting every radio station in the country, but if we interrupt the lives of those who feel lonely, we can help them out of loneliness,” they stressed.
The timely message is a reminder to all, as Prince William says, that “we can all feel lonely at times – no matter who or where we are”.
The pandemic has affected us all in many ways, and the toll it has had on the mental health of the country has been significant. People have suffered from PTSD, trauma and post-pandemic stress disorder, and many are lonelier than ever, despite restrictions being lifted, but Kate and Will share this positive, that’s how much we appreciate now – and prioritize – the need for human interaction and relationships.
The main message of the show was to remind us that we can all help ourselves to feel less isolated and more connected.
Long-time advocates of mental health awareness, William and Kate frequently bring up the topic, with Kate taking on the role of Patron of Maternal Mental Health last week.
Mental Health Awareness Week is organized annually by the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme is loneliness. There is no doubt that the couple’s message will not only contribute to the foundation’s goal of raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on mental health, but also provide those in need with practical steps to deal with it. .
The foundation also encourages everyone to share their experiences of loneliness on social media, following the format below:
“Start by saying #IveBeenThere:
1. Share a photo of a time when you felt lonely and no one knew.
2. Add #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek hashtags.
3. Tag @mentalhealthfoundation.
Sharing your story can help you and others 💚#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek”