Prince William has stepped up once again in support of mental health initiatives. He has helped launch a campaign that uses football to encourage men to talk and get help with their mental health.
The Prince together with brother Prince Harry and their wives have been at the forefront in the fight to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Heads Together – mental health initiative.
A mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Heads Together combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
Heads Together want to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.
Using football to help with mental health.
Now, this week Prince William is again at the forefront of another awareness campaign aimed at men and using football as a springboard.
The Duke of Cambridge said he wanted to use the sport to encourage more men to discuss depression.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and Prince William said he hoped the initiative would show how support from a team, at any level, can encourage players to open up.
The Duke of Cambridge met grassroots football players, along with coaches and fans from clubs across the country at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. There was also a video supporting the campaign and featuring the Duke and England manager Gareth Southgate shown at the launch.
Work is already going on across the Uk to try and end the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. This initiative is designed to support the work already ongoing.
In a speech, Prince William said:
“Football fans tend to be obsessed with physical health in the game. We can spend hours in the pub talking about the injuries back our club’s top players.
“And those of us who like to play ourselves get pretty concerned about how we maintain our own fitness. Some share stories of injuries picked up in our youth, which of course were the only thing that held us back from a very glittering career on the pitch…But when it comes to our mental health, we – and by us, I mean men in particular, often have nothing to say at all.”
Throughout the 2019/20 season, the campaign will be visible across all levels of football in England. Through the men’s and women’s England teams, FA competitions, and grassroots.
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