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Prince William and Kate Middleton Stress Importance of Mental Health Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Zachary Holt

Mental health has always been something Prince William and Kate Middleton have championed. It's been at the cornerstone of many of their causes and they're continuing to target its maintenance amid the 'unsettling' coronavirus pandemic.

This weekend, the royal couple announced their partnership with the non-profit, Public Health England, along with providing guidance on how to maintain mental health amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also providing some advice for children and their wellbeing during this tumultuous time.

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Prince William and Kate Middelton Release a Statement on Their Partnership with Public Health England

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"The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone. We have to take time to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health," Prince William and Kate Middleton said in their joint statement with Public Health England. "It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead."

The guidance offered by the royal couple included maintaining digital contact with friends and loved one, as well as, learning new hobbies, and adhering to a strict routine and sleep schedule.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Speak with Mental Health Charities

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Earlier this month, Prince William and Kate spoke to members of non-profit organizations that focus on the mental health of people. The Duke of Cambridge chatted with Paul Farmer, the CEO of Mind, while Kate had conversations with Catherine Roche, CEO of Place2Be. Both Mind and Place2Be are organizations within the couple's 'Heads Together' campaign. Additionally, Public Health England updated their 'Every Mind Matters' platform with new guidelines and advice.

As a result, the government is supplying Mind with a $5 million grant to assist those suffering with mental health issues amid the pandemic.

'Mind' CEO Paul Farmer Issues a Statement on Mental Health Amid the Pandemic

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"We are facing one of the toughest ever times for our mental wellbeing as a nation. It is absolutely vital that people pull together and do all they can to look after themselves and their loved ones, when we are all facing a huge amount of change and uncertainty," Farmer said in a statement.

"Reaching out to friends and family is critical, as well as paying attention to the impact our physical health can have on our mental health – from diet and exercise to getting enough natural light and a little fresh air. Charities like Mind have a role to play in helping people cope not only with the initial emergency but coming to terms with how this will affect us well into the future."

Prince William Offers Words of Encouragement on Social Media

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"Whether we have an existing mental health problem or not, we are all going to need extra help to deal with the consequences of this unprecedented set of circumstances," the Mind CEO concluded in their statement.

With Prince Charles testing positive for the coronavirus on Monday, the need to address the pandemic has become personal for Prince William and Kate. This past week, the Duke of Cambridge took to Instagram to offer words of encouragement during these 'unsettling' times.

"Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the U.K. have a unique ability to pull together," Prince William said in a personal video on social media. "The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature."

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