royals urge Britons to talk more about mental health
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[January 18, 2017]
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince
William, his wife Catherine and his brother Harry urged Britons on
Tuesday to talk more openly about mental health issues, saying too many
people suffer in silence.
Long-standing supporters of mental health initiatives, they launched
the "Heads Together" campaign in 2016, which works with charities to
help tackle the stigma around mental health.
"There are times when whoever we are, it is hard to cope with
challenges and when that happens, being open and honest and asking
for help is life changing," William, second in line to the British
throne, said in a speech.
"For too long it has been a case of 'keep quiet and carry on'. As a
result too many people have suffered in silence for too long and the
effects of this can be devastating."
The three young royals were speaking at a "Heads Together" briefing
in London, to promote the initiative which is "charity of the year"
for the April London Marathon. For 2017, they plan to offer "Heads
Together" collaborations to more organisations.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, said that not knowing how to
ask for help was a particular challenge for some people.
"Admitting that they are not coping. Fear, or reticence, or a sense
of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in
silence – allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked,"
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Later on Tuesday, William and Harry attend the inaugural Endeavour
Fund Awards, a project led by the three young royals' Royal
Foundation that aims to help wounded servicemen and veterans with
their recovery through sport and adventure.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Louise Ireland)
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