Prince William took a very personal stand for mental health, referencing his own anxieties from past experiences.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke at an event in Bristol on Tuesday to launch a website to improve mental health in the workplace. The change came after the Duke realized that only 2% of employees feel that they can talk to their HR employees about issues relating to their mental health.
The Duke has spent two years as an East Anglian Air Ambulance Pilot in the past, and said that it was an experience that heavily weighed on his mind and emotions, and therefore impacted his personal life.
“I took a lot home without realizing it. You see [so] many sad things every day that you think life is like that,” Prince William said. “You’re always dealing with despair and sadness and injury.”
He added, “The attrition builds up and you never really have the opportunity to offload anything if you’re not careful.”
He added the dire condition of people “suffering in silence” due to the lack of resources available for help, saying, “You’re human and a lot of people forget the battles, you have shut it off to do the job—but ultimately something pierces the armor.”
Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have been advocates of mental health since 2016 when they launched Heads Together. They also opened Mental Health at Work, a free portal for employers and employees in the UK.
During his appearance on Tuesday, the Prince also reiterated a point he has made for a while in his mental health advocacy, “It just takes one person to change the way a company thinks about mental health.”
Kate Middleton is currently on maternity leave since the birth of her third son and has not been doing public appearances.