PRINCE William and Kate Middleton today urged people to "keep talking" as they joined celebrities for a special mental health message.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge teamed up with the likes of David Beckham, Jamie Oliver and Jesse Lingard to share the message – which went out across over 500 radio stations this morning.
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The 2021 Mental Health Minute went out at 10.59am, with Dame Shirley Bassey and Joanna Lumley all marking the end of Mental Health Awareness week.
Dame Shirley began by saying: "Every radio station across the nation right now in this very moment, is singing the same song."
She was followed by David Beckham, who told listeners: "Taking time to reflect, through the most challenging of years.
"Coming together, to share understanding, love and hope."
The Duke of Cambridge went on: “So, as we come to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be great to keep talking.”
He was followed by The Duchess of Cambridge, who said: “Because our mental health binds every single one of us together.”
The poignant message, delivered by Radiocentre and Somethin’ Else, was finished with Jamie Oliver saying: "It's universal, it unites us, makes us inseparable."
The Mental Health Minute in full
The Mental Health Minute was written by poet, writer, and mental health activist, Hussain Manawer. Here it is in full…
Dame Shirley Bassey:
Every Radio Station across the nation right now, in this very moment, is singing the same song.
That’s right. We’re all broadcasting the same energy
Transmitting much needed empathy. We’re all hitting the same notes,
Taking time to reflect, through the most challenging of years
Coming together, to share understanding, love and hope.
We have started many much-needed conversations, and that is exceptional.
Right across the nation, the shift every generation is playing against stigma, towards change, is incredible.
The Duke of Cambridge:
So, as we come to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be great to keep talking.
To a loved one, friend or colleague, let's keep making the conversation accessible.
The Duchess of Cambridge:
Because our mental health binds every single one of us together.
It’s universal, it unites us, makes us inseparable.
It comes after Kate Middleton said she wants to "break the stigma" around talking about mental health in a touching phone earlier this week.
The Duchess chatted with Niaz Maleknia and her daughter Romy, who features in her Hold Still photography project.
In the call, she said: "William and I are really interested in mental health. Everyone's sort of experienced something together in a way, so there's no shame in talking about it.
"That's what we've been really keen to do, is break that stigma and try to start a conversation around mental health."
The Mental Health Minute was written by poet, writer, and mental health activist, Hussain Manawer.
It was created with The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and this year is in support of Shout 85258 – the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service.
The service is a legacy of Wills and Kate's Heads Together campaign andprovides round the clock support from clinical supervisors and trained volunteers to ensure no one has to face their problems alone.
For more information, visit www.giveusashout.org.
Anyone, anywhere in the UK can text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for support whenever they need it.
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