Kate, 38, and William, 37, have teamed-up with a number leading charities and organisations to support the mental health of Britain’s key workers during this time of national crisis. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will use their Royal Foundation to provide round-the-clock resources for those most at need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Project titled Our Frontline, aims to provide a range of one-to-one sessions and online classes for emergency service staff, carers and key workers who are struggling with their mental well-being.
In a heartfelt statement William paid tribute to the sacrifice millions of people have made every day since the coronavirus outbreak began.
The Duke of Cambridge touched on his own first-hand experiences on the emergency frontline and recalled the emotions felt during his time working as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched a new mental health initiative
Kate and William are currently living in Anmer Hall in Norfolk
William said: « Over the past few weeks, millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health on the line to protect us all during the coronavirus pandemic.
« Every day, they confront traumatic situations at the same time as having to contend with their own worries about the risks to themselves and their families.
« That takes a real toll and as I’ve seen for myself through my work with the air ambulance, without the right support at the right time, the challenges they face will only be greater.
Prince William completed his last shift with East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2017
« Catherine and I, together with the Royal Foundation, will do all we can to support Our Frontline.
“This work will be our top priority for the months ahead. »
Work on the initiative will begin straight away and later today William will chair a conference call with key representatives from the emergency services in order to gain a more detailed insight into the current mental health challenges faced by workers.
Kate has spoken to a number of NHS staff during the coronavirus lockdown
The Duke will be joined on the video call by officials from NHS England and NHS Improvement, Faculty of Pre Hospital Care – Royal College of Surgeons, Mind, Lifelines Scotland, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Fire Fighters Charity, Police Care UK and the Ambulance Staff Charity.
During the coronavirus lockdown Kate and William have also spent time speaking to a number of devoted NHS staff.
On Friday the couple connected a video call to University Hospital Monklands in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, and Queen’s Hospital Burton in the West Midlands.
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The royal couple spoke to up to eight heroic members of staff – which included doctors, nurses, physiotherapists.
On Monday Public Health England launched the « Every mind matters » mental health campaign which included a TV film narrated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate and William are currently living in lockdown at the Queen’s Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk along with their three children Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.
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The Royal Family like the rest of the public remain confined to their household and were unable to personally wish The Queen a happy 94th birthday on Tuesday.
The couple’s Kensington Palace social media accounts shared a birthday message to her majesty alongside a picture of William and Kate.
On Thursday the couple’s youngest child Louis, who is fifth-in-line to the throne, will celebrate his second birthday during the nationwide shut-in.
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