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On Saturday 10 October the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked World Mental Health Day by taking part in our new youth wellbeing project, Mindkit, at Harrow College.
The Duke and Duchess met with a group of Mindkit Youth Wellbeing volunteers to talk about their experiences of mental health problems and to discuss how they are now channelling these experiences to inform and inspire young people at schools, colleges and youth groups. One of our Youth Wellbeing Trainers, Claudia Dee, spoke with the Duke and Duchess about the work Richmond Borough Mind is doing with young people on the Mindkit project.
Claudia said: “I thought the day was hugely surreal and I was so lucky to be a part of it. Aside from the excitement meeting Will and Kate it was amazing to share the experience with other young people who have suffered with mental health problems and been through a really tough time. It was great to have the project recognised as we have all been working really hard to reach out to as many young people as possible and the whole event meeting the royals was inspiring and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
At the end of the session, William said to the group: "You are being incredibly brave doing this. I know it's not easy for you re-living your experiences again and again. If we can get more young people talking, and coming through with their experiences, then we can really get mental health to the fore, which is where it should be and what we need to do."
Kate told the group: "I keep thinking about what else we can do and how we can raise awareness. Keep the ideas coming. We think it's so important, so really well done for being ambassadors. Talking about mental health is so important."
Richmond Borough Mind’s Chief Executive Val Farmer said: “We are very proud that our Mindkit project has been recognised in this way and we have been able to shine a light on the mental health of young people. It is vitally important for young people to start thinking about their mental health early in life to prevent problems later on. This is what Mindkit aims to do. Since the project started this year we have seen over 1000 young people which highlights the high demand for this kind of service.”
You can find out more about our Mindkit project here.