Prince William and Kate recorded a BBC Radio One special News to mark World Mental Health Day.
The Prince and Princess of Wales announced on Monday evening’s show that they will lead discussions on the importance of mental health for a program which will air on BBC Radio One at 12.45pm on Tuesday.
The royal couple, who recorded the show at News studio on Monday, will speak with advocates and experts on young people and their mental well-being.
In the surprise announcement, Kate told BBC listeners that “News will sound slightly different” on Tuesday.
Prince William then said: “As part of World Mental Health Day, Katherine and I have recorded a special taking over the radio to talk about the importance of mental health.”
The prince said they would talk about mental health tools that could provide people with coping skills and resources to relieve anxiety and depression.
“You could live a life one minute and something massively changes and you realize you don’t necessarily have the tools or the experience to be able to deal with that,” he said.
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Kate also told listeners she would “love to know” how they deal with their own mental health, which was followed by a guest then explaining their approach.
“There is no right or wrong, that is also the problem. Different things will work for different people,” she said.
The prince and princess spoke to News presenter Pria Rai, Dr. Abigail Miranda, a child pedagogue and psychologist working in early childhood, and Antonio Ferreira, a mental health activist, suffered from undifferentiated schizophrenia and an emotionally unstable personality disorder diagnosed at the ‘adolescence.
They also spoke to Ben Cowley, Registered Music Therapist and Assistant Mental Health Advisor for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Emma Hardwell, Head of Youth Engagement at The Mix, which offers mental health support to less 25 years old. .
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“What has been discussed today will resonate with so many of our listeners and it means so much to us that we can all work together to tackle the stigma around this issue,” said BBC Radio One director Aled Haydn Jones. .
Danielle Dwyer, editor-in-chief of News, said: “Talking about mental wellbeing without stigma or judgment is so essential and it’s great to welcome the Prince and Princess of Wales to our reporting team for the day, to join us in such a vital conversation. “
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Rai said, “People turn on us not just for news, but to openly and candidly share how they feel.
“It’s humbling, to be a reliable enough part of people’s lives that they can text us about feeling lonely or having lost a loved one.
“We have complete strangers talking to each other on the radio who quickly feel like familiar friends and that’s a very important and uplifting part of what we do.”
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The program will first air on BBC Radio One, BBC Radio One Extra and Asian Network.
It will air again on Radio One and Radio One Extra at 5.45pm, and will be available on BBC Sounds from 2pm on Tuesday.
Updated: October 10, 2022, 10:33 p.m.