PRINCE William has praised all the frontline workers for their “huge sacrifices” during the coronavirus pandamic but says “it’s ok to say when you’re not feeling ok” in these hard times.
The Duke of Cambridge, 37, shared the message of thanks and support in light of Mental Health Awareness week, and announced a new initiative, Our Frontline, which offers mental health support to frontline staff and key workers who might be struggling during this time.
In the video, he thank those on the frontline for doing what they can “to keep everyone safe,” and said that “the whole country is enormously proud” of the work being done.
But the consistent work, Prince William says, comes with challenges and can take a huge toll on ones physical and mental state.
Speaking in the video, he says: “the challenges you are facing day in day out are unprecedented. Even in normal circumstances frontline work can take a toll, not just on your physical health, but on your mental well being. “
He continues: “when you spend all day taking care of others it is easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself too. But it is ok to say when you’re not feeling ok and there is support available to you if and when you need it.
On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also joined a video call with volunteers from the mental health text service Shout.
The couple, who are isolating at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, praised the charity’s work as they deal with the impact of coronavirus.
Speaking on the call, Prince William said: “You guys are the trailblazers, you have been doing a fantastic job keeping Shout moving forward, so well done and thank you for all your hard work; we really appreciate it.”
The volunteers explained how lockdown has impacted young people’s mental health and how the text service is helping them to reach out.
Crisis volunteer Alexis said: “The unique support that Shout is able to provide to people in crisis is crucial at all times, but now more than ever it can serve as a lifeline to those most in need – whatever they’re going through, big or small.”
Shout was launched in May 2019 by the Cambridges and Sussexes after a £3 million investment from the Royal Foundation
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