It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge – known online by her maiden name, Kate Middleton – has been working overtime to get out there and raise some awareness for this important cause.
Kate Middleton kicked off the week with an update to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge official YouTube account, the video update featured the Duchess in conversation with Romy Maleknia, discussing how quarantine has affected young people’s mental health. The royal couple highlighted the update in an additional post to their Instagram page, writing beside the update:
"“Introducing ‘Cancelled’, the second of a series of telephone calls that The Duchess held with participants from the Hold Still project. Watch now on YouTube via link in bio. #HoldStill2020 #mentalhealthawarenessweek.”"
How is Kate Middleton raising awareness for Mental Health Week?
See the post below.
Later in the week, on May 13, the Duchess visited three organizations in Wolverhampton, England, that support young people with their mental health and wellbeing, she was joined by her husband, the future King of England, Prince William for the occasion.
According to reports, during the first stop of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagements, which was held at ‘The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone’, the royal pair took part in a friendly competitive ping pong match and showed off their impressive skills with a bow and arrow, all while raising awareness for the great cause!
Their next stop on their journey was Base25, which according to their about page, is a charity organization that is actively involved in supporting and providing mental health services primarily for young people aged 11 to 25.
Their third stop was at HugglePets, a not-for-profit organization that, according to their site, offers a range of “activities and therapy sessions, incorporating animals.”
The Duke and Duchess were given the opportunity to hold some of the “therapy pets”, with Kate Middleton being allowed to hold a striking yellow chameleon while chatting with some of the young visitors of the organization.
On Friday, May 14, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to their social media again to encourage the British public into holding a minute-of-silence at 10:59 am (05:59 am EST) for Mental Health Awareness Week. They revealed that every radio station in the UK will take part, and encouraged others to get involved to “keep the conversation on mental health going.” See their Twitter post below.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s work comes amid claims that the Royal Family offered no help to Meghan, former Duchess of Sussex when she was struggling with her own mental health.
Meghan Markle made some shocking accusations in an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, that aired in early March, on CBS.