William and Catherine highlight the importance tackling loneliness for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have issued a message, which has been played on over 500 radio stations as part of Mental Health Awareness week.

William and Catherine’s one-minute broadcast focuses on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people and how the feeling of isolation has increased amongst the population. The couple took turns to speak highlighting the importance of tackling loneliness.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mark Mental Health Minute 2022. (Kensington Royal)

The Duke of Cambridge starts by saying how ‘We’re all in different places right now’, with the Duchess adding ‘not just physically, but mentally.’

William noted ‘and we could all feel lonely sometimes. Kate continuing, ‘no matter who or where we are.’

The couple note how ‘we can feel it for many different reasons,’ but ‘we can all help each other feel less isolated and more connected’, Catherine said.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet representatives from organisations which will benefit from a new £1.8 million fund from their Royal Foundation, to support frontline workers and the nation’s mental health in response to the Coronavirus pandemic in July 2020.

His Royal Highness highlighted how ‘the past two years have really reminded us the importance of human relationships.’

The future King suggested about speaking to someone who may be lonely, by giving them a ring, sending them a text, or even knocking on the door.

Catherine added: “Because these small acts of kindness can make a big difference and help us all feel less lonely.”

The Duke jokingly apologised ‘for interrupting every radio station in the country’ but as couple concluded their one minute speech, ‘if we interrupt the lives of those who are feeling alone, we can help lift them out of loneliness.’

The recording was created by Radiocentre and the Royal Foundation, the couple’s charitable trust. It also aims to highlight the support available through the website Better Health – Every Mind Matters, which provides advice to tackle loneliness, with NHS-approved tips to help people look after their mental health.

This is the fifth year in which The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have supported the Mental Health Minute in Mental Health Awareness Week. Yet, it is the first time they have read the entire message, which has allowed them to reach an estimated 20 million listeners.

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