Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined forces with royalty from music, sport, stage and screen to highlight the importance of mental health awareness on Forces Radio BFBS today in a historic radio moment.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry along with stars from music, sport, stage and screen worked together for a minute-long message which aired simultaneously by hundreds of UK radio stations at 10.59am today.
LISTEN to the full minute below...
The message was voiced by Lady Gaga, Dame Judi Dench, David Harewood and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill as well as special guests The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who lent their voice to raise awareness of mental health.
The minute of simultaneous programming unites Forces Radio BFBS, the BBC and commercial radio stations to broadcast the same message in a historic first for radio. More than 300 stations took part, broadcasting to an estimated listenership of 20 million.
The Mental Health Awareness minute, which falls in Mental Health Awareness Week, is supported by the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together which was launched to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.
The broadcast, which was designed to encourage more people to talk openly about their mental health, included HRH The Duke of Cambridge saying:
"Just starting a conversation on mental health can make all the difference, when you talk about something you have less reason to fear it”.
HRH Prince Harry then joined his brother in the minute-long broadcast and added:
"If you do have the courage to speak about it, you really can make things better”.
In the short clip below HRH, The Duke Of Cambridge discusses how losing their mother at such a young helped form a strong bond between the brothers. A bond which has helped them through some difficult times when they felt they needed some mental health support.
Forces charity Combat Stress treats veterans suffering from mental health conditions, including PTSD, depression and anxiety. Their experts say there are warning signs to look out for in ourselves, and in others.
- Feeling isolated
- Lacking energy
- Feeling detached from things you enjoy
- Anger or aggressive behaviour
- Misuse of alcohol or drugs
- Mood swings and anxiety
No one should be made to feel ashamed or isolated because of a mental health problem.
According to mental health charity Mind, one in four will experience a mental health problem each year and approximately one in eight adults are currently receiving treatment.
About the Mental Health Minute Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive at Radiocentre, said:
“Radio is coming together in a UK first today to shine a light on the important issue of mental health. Radio is unique in being both fantastically intimate and yet part of a shared experience. As well as providing company and fun, radio can be an important lifeline for listeners. It is, therefore, an obvious choice for us all to come together to talk about the things that matter most in our lives.”
If you are currently serving or are a veteran and feel the need to speak to someone about your mental health don't hesitate to contact Combat Stress.