Although Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry joked around as they filmed a video to launch their initiative, Heads Together, a serious message was at the heart of the occasion. While Kate Middleton and William work with various charities, the royal couple has noticed that “time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges,” and have made it their mission to “change the conversation of mental health.”
The launch video features various runners wearing Heads Together tank tops and headbands who reveal which charity they support. The camera then focuses on Kate Middleton, Harry, and William, who tell viewers about the importance of mental health.
At the end of the serious video, however, the royals get silly as they try to take “serious” photos to promote their foundation. While Harry and William smile for the camera, giggly Kate Middleton can’t help but to burst out laughing several times during the session!
Heads Together has been named the charity of the year at the London marathon in April, 2017, and in a statement to the media, Middleton, William, and Harry confessed that they “cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma on mental health once and for all.”
Heads Together is the brainchild of the three royals, who all concentrate on helping people with unresolved psychological challenges, but in different areas. As an air ambulance pilot, Prince William has witnessed numerous male suicides and has helped young gay men who felt desperate enough to harm themselves, while Kate Middleton focuses on children’s mental health.
Last February, Kate Middleton served as a guest editor for the U.K. edition of the Huffington Post. The much-publicized event was meant to draw awareness to help children suffering from psychological challenges.
At the time, Kate issued a statement which revealed that after Middleton got married she “started working with charities helping those affected by issues such as addiction, family breakdown and vulnerable children.” Kate Middleton explained that she “did not expect was to see that time and time again, the issues that led people to addiction and destructive decision making seemed to almost always stem from unresolved childhood challenges.”
Prince Harry concentrates on the psychological challenges of military members, calling their injuries “invisible” but still real, nonetheless. Heads Together is meant to “help raise awareness of a variety of issues within the [mental health] sector.”
In the video, Kate advises viewers that mental health “is just as important as physical health,” while Prince Harry reveals that everyone “can all play our part by talking and listening to each other and helping each other find support.”
A spokesperson for Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry said in a statement to the media that they “are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue,” adding that Middleton, her husband, and brother-in-law often “have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling.”
Through Heads Together, Middleton, William, and Harry want to eliminate the “fear of prejudice and judgement” that prevents people from getting help and “can destroy families and end lives.” According to a spokesperson, the royals aim to help “people to feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental well being and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.”
In a past statement, Kate Middleton revealed that she and her husband not only support mental health charities, but they employ the “practical tools” to help their children. “We hope to encourage George and Charlotte to speak about their feelings, and to give them the tools and sensitivity to be supportive peers to their friends as they get older,” Kate wrote, adding that they “know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”
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