The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Harrow College to participate in World Mental Health Day. At the event hosted by British-based charity Mind, Their Royal Highnesses aimed to bring much-needed attention to mental illness in young people.
Mind is a charity that works “for better mental health”. Their goal is to provide advice, support and empowerment to those battling mental health issues, as well as to improve health services and raise awareness for mental health issues. They offer local workshops and groups, an Infoline for confidential assistance, and legal advice to those who need it, along with many other services of support.
Today, the Duke and Duchess met with young people who have personally experience the effects of mental health. They now volunteer with Mind and an anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change. William and Kate also joined in on a Mindset workshop, an educational program for youths on emotional health and wellness. The events were centered around World Mental Health Day. The international initiative took place around the world, with local events and activities as well as a trending social media hashtag #WMHDay.
After the workshop, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception hosted by Mind. Guests at the reception included volunteers and family members of Mind participants. They were served some very yummy looking cupcakes (who can be sad when there are cupcakes? Just kidding.) along with mini quiches, ice water, tea and coffee.
The focus on today’s events remained firmly on the much-needed attention brought to mental health and wellness. For reference, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a repeated Tory Burch dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Mulberry clutch and Kiki McDonough earrings. She was also given a lovely bouquet at the event, which she jokingly asked if William would prefer to carry it. Hehe.
William and Kate have both shown a significant interest in mental health, both in children and adults. Through WWKD’s Monthly Mental Health series, we have also tried to spotlight the importance mental health and wellness. Mental health is a serious issue, which will hopefully receive the respect, support, and medical treatment it deserves.