Royal support for men’s mental health
The problem of suicide in men, particularly young men, has been highlighted by the Duke of Cambridge. Prince William has talked of his shock at being called out as an air ambulance pilot to a male suicide.
‘I was told there were five suicides or attempted suicides every day in East Anglia alone. When I looked into it I was shocked by how bad this situation is – suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK – which is absolutely appalling,’ he told a special London Marathon edition of CALMzine, a magazine published by the Campaign Against Living Miserably. The Princes and the Duchess of Cambridge supported runners taking part for their mental health campaign, ‘Heads Together’, which is the charity of the year for the marathon.
Talking about how men often feel it was a sign of weakness to discuss their mental health, Prince William said: ‘There may be a time and a place for the stiff upper lip, but not at the expense of your health.’
The Prince went on to say that celebrities talking about their issues with mental health was incredibly powerful and helped young men feel that it is a sign of strength to talk about and look after your mind as well as your body.