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Will and Kate Mark Mental Health Awareness Week

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mark Mental Health Awareness Week by a day of engagements in Wolverhampton.

APRIL 21st, 2021

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he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have helped mark Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in a day of engagements in Wolverhampton. Table tennis, archery and football were just a taster of the royal couple’s action-packed day meeting young people and learning how they have been supporting their own mental wellbeing.

William and Kate started the day by visiting The Way Youth Zone, a state-of-the-art facility which offers activities and support for young people to help support their mental health development. Planting flower pots the Cambridge’s got their hands dirty, quickly followed by archery and then football, in which Prince William struggled with four keepy uppies - he jokingly blamed the shoes.

The Duke and Duchess helped plant flowers at The Way Youth Zone. - © The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Instagram

The royal couple took part in a game of table tennis. - © The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Instagram

Kate's on target! The Duchess of Cambridge takes aim in a game of archery. - © The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Instagram

Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess visited Base25 - a vital service which provides anger management courses and counselling for young people - where they spoke to counsellors and students who have benefited from the service. The charity has been active for over twenty-years and provides support for approximately 9,000 young people each year through drop-in centres and counselling.

The final engagement took place at HugglePets in the Community - a non-for-profit organisation which actively uses Animal Assisted Therapy to help children with SEN disabilities and mental health challenges.

The charity operates in over 25 schools in the Black Country, offering programmes supporting children with their mental health wellbeing. Topics include confidence and resilience building, anxiety, low mood and suicide awareness. The Duke and Duchess took part in a session with a group of school children from Loxdale Primary School where they petted Gus the guinea pig, rabbits and a bearded dragon.

William and Catherine speak with air cadets of 282 Squadron. - © Getty Images

William and Catherine speak with air cadets of 282 Squadron. - © ITV

Prince William holds Gus the Guinea pig at HugglePets. - © Getty Images

Kate holds a bearded dragon at HugglePets. - © Getty Images

The royal couple, who celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary last month, looked coordinated in blue jackets, with the Duchess wearing a £380 Tory Burch polka dot blouse and wide-leg trousers.

The couple were in Wolverhampton to mark Mental Health Awareness Week on the eve of a nationwide Mental Health Minute. The special message will be broadcast to over 20 million people across 500 radio stations. The initiative is delivered in partnership with The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, created by Radiocentre and Somethin’ Else, and will support the royal couple’s mental health support line Shout 85258, the UK’s first ever free, confidential and 24/7 text messaging support service.

Stars, such as Joanna Lumley, Dame Shirley Bassey, David Beckham, Charles Dance and Jamie Oliver will join the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a message to promote talking about our mental health, which will broadcast at 10.59am.

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