Prince William has something important to say about men’s mental health. All you dads and dudes out might want to listen up.
The Prince recently spoke at London’s “This Can Happen” conference. The conference, which was attended by more than 750 delegates from 120 companies, focused on mental health. The Duke of Cambridge wasn’t just a figurehead at the conference. In a panel discussion, Prince William opened up about his own experiences with mental health issues, especially as dad.
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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.
Even though it may seem like a prince should live a charmed life, Prince William’s story hasn’t always been a fairytale. During the panel discussion, the Prince talked about his personal experiences working with the air ambulance service—and especially the toll it took on him mentally after becoming a father.
“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,” the Duke of Cambridge shared, after one particularly harrowing rescue.
But that wasn’t all that William had to say. He added, “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.”
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The Duke of Cambridge completes his final shift as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance today. He said of his time with the service: "Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances. As part of the team, I have been invited into people's homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people's lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience." 📸PA
Not only did the Prince talk about his own experiences, but he also discussed how mental health issues are dealt with in the workplace. “So the only place you can talk about it is at work and if you don’t necessarily have the right tools or the right environment at work, you can see why things can snowball and get quite bad.”
The Prince, husband and dad to three adorable little royals also pointed out the absolute importance of addressing mental health issues, saying “We all have mental health. Just as we look after our physical health, we look after our mental health.” Whether you’re a royal or not, those are powerful words for any parent to consider.
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