Prince William and Kate Middleton urge people to keep talking about mental health

Prince William has urged the nation to ‘keep talking’ about mental health as he joined Kate Middleton and an array of stars in a special radio broadcasts.   

The Duchess of Cambridge said the ‘mental health binds us all together’ as the royal couples joined stars from the worlds of sport, television and the arts featured in the Mental Health Minute message, broadcast on airwaves across the nation to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

David Beckham, Dame Shirley Bassey and Charles Dance were among the celebrities who each spoke a line of the message written by poet and mental health activist Hussain Manawer, who also featured in the broadcast. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today marked Mental Health Awareness Week, with a one minute talk on more than 500 radio stations.

During the 60-second message William said: ‘So, as we come to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week, it would be great to keep talking.’

He was followed by singer-songwriter Anne Marie, who said: ‘To a loved one, friend or colleague, let’s keep making the conversation accessible.’

Kate was next and said: ‘Because our mental health binds every single one of us together.’

The Mental Health Minute was aired simultaneously across every radio station in the UK at 10.59am on Friday, uniting commercial, community and all BBC stations, with an estimated audience of more than 20 million. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (bottom right) were among the many names including Jamie Oliver and David Beckham taking part in the Mental Health minute

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (bottom right) were among the many names including Jamie Oliver and David Beckham taking part in the Mental Health minute

William and Kate’s mental health message

Dame Shirley Bassey: Every radio station across the nation right now, in this very moment is singing the same song. 

Joanna Lumley: That’s right. We’re all broadcasting the same energy.

Charles Dance: Transmitting much needed empathy,  mostly we’re all hitting the same note.

David Beckham: Taking time to reflect through the most challenging of years coming together to share, understanding, love and hope. 

Hussain Manawer: We have started many much needed conversations, and that is exceptional.

Jesse Lingard: Right across the nation, the shift every generation is playing against stigma towards change is incredible. 

Duke of Cambridge: So as we come to the end of this Mental Health Awareness Week it would be great to keep talking

Anne- Marie: To a loved one, friend or colleague, let’s keep making the conversation accessible

Duchess of Cambridge: Because our mental health, minds, every single one of us together. 

Jamie Oliver: It’s universal. It unites us. It makes us inseparable . 

Also featured in the broadcast were chef Jamie Oliver, England footballer Jesse Lingard and actress Joanna Lumley.

Dame Shirley began the broadcast by saying: ‘Every radio station across the nation right now in this very moment is singing the same song,’ and was followed by Lumley who added: ‘That’s right, we’re all broadcasting the same energy.’

Charles Dance, known to modern audiences for his role in Game Of Thrones, said: ‘Transmitting much-needed empathy we’re all hitting the same notes,’ and former England football star Beckham said: ‘Taking time to reflect, through the most challenging of years coming together, to share understanding, love and hope.’

Delivered by Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and independent podcast and audio producer Somethin’ Else, the Mental Health Minute was created in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.    

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