Prince William Gets Candid About His Own Mental Health Sturggles

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2018

Among the attendees was Kirk Robinson of Mace, who hosts Mental Health At Work "toolbox talks" for the men and women on his construction sites.

This suggests that as many as one in four United Kingdom workers struggle in silence with issues including anxiety, stress and low moods, costing employers between £33-£42billion every year.

The duke travelled to the Engine Shed, a community work-hub in Bristol to launch the Mental Health At Work project, an online gateway aimed at providing resources, training and information for managers to support their staff with problems.

William will be joined at Tuesday's launch by Antonio Horta-Osorio, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group.

Cape Town - Prince William has spoken out about his personal mental health struggles, showing that being part of the British royal family isn't all about the glitz, glamour and high-life entitlement.

The Duke spoke about how people spend more time at work than nearly anywhere else, yet research shows that it's also the place where we're least comfortable talking about mental health. "We need to stop people feeling as if they have to hide, and we need to make sure anyone with any responsibility for others at work knows what to do".

Last year's Government-commissioned Thriving at Work report showed that as many as 300,000 people lose their job each year due to a mental health problem, and that poor mental health at work costs the United Kingdom economy between £72 billion and £99 billion. Mind is one of the eight Heads Together charity partners.

"And it goes towards removing that stigma about mental health and to speaking up to and owning up to it".

Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: "We know that employers want to do more and are starting to see mental health as a priority, but often don't know where to start".

The Duke will also meet representatives from a number of organisations who have shown leadership in promoting and advancing mental health initiatives in the workplace. Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work.

The Mental Health at Work initiative is available online which it is hoped will benefit small to medium companies who struggle to find the help.

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