He spoke at an event for the launch of a website to improve mental health in the workplace after he was “stunned” to hear that only 2 percent of employees in Britain feel able to talk to their HR departments about their mental state.
Prince William referenced his own experience working as an air ambulance pilot, revealing, “I took a lot home without realizing it. You see [so] many sad things every day that you think life is like that.”
The world-famous royal spent two years as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot and admitted that it was a constant struggle dealing with the emotions he unknowingly let impact his personal life. He continued, “You’re always dealing with despair and sadness and injury.”
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry first shined a light on mental health advocacy when they launched Heads Together back in in 2016. Opening Mental Health at Work, a free portal for employers and employees in the U.K. to access, marked yet another achievement in the royal family’s mission to further address the importance of mental health.
He reiterated that point at Tuesday’s event by noting, “It just takes one person to change the way a company thinks about mental health.”
And it seems as if Prince is willing to be that one person to kickstart some much-need change.
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