The Royals Have Some Very Un-British Advice To Give Us

Don't keep quiet and carry on

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside baby bro Harry, met yesterday to talk publicly about their new campaign 'Heads Together', which is the official charity for 2017's London Marathon.

Their hope is that 2017 will be the year mental health is taken seriously and that stigma will be removed.

Their advice for anyone who is suffering from mental health challenges is to open up to family, a friend or even a stranger, and that the worse thing they could do is 'keep quiet and carry on'.

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William stated the importance of opening up in a speech he made today,

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. Talking to someone else is a positive and confident step to take – but 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.

It is no exaggeration to say that conversations – simple conversations – can be life-changing: in a workplace, in your kitchen at home, with a friend, family member or colleague. And that's what Catherine, Harry and I want to do – we want more people to be having those conversations.

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Kate then took the mic to further explain how the campaign will show the power of conversation and openness in combatting mental health problems.

We want to show how simple it can be to have a conversation. We want to show that being a person who listens makes a life-changing difference. We want the campaign to celebrate these unsung heroes, who as William said, are ordinary people.

Harry has been vocal of late as to how he bottled up his emotions regarding his mother's death for much of his life.

Heads Together hopes to reach out to those who have been unable or scared to vocalise their inner struggles.

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