Kate Middleton joined Prince William and Prince Harry for the launch event of “Heads Together” at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Kate delivered a short speech outlining the foundation’s charitable aims, and the royal trio released a statement on the charities website in which they stressed the importance of “talking about mental health” issues.
"Mental health matters to each and every one of us. It matters just as much as our physical health," Prince William told attendees. "There are times when, whoever we are, it is hard to cope with challenges—and when that happens being open and honest and asking for help is life-changing."
"Talking to someone else is a positive and confident step to take—but for too long it has been a case of 'Keep Quiet and Carry On.' As a result, too many people have suffered in silence for too long, and the effects of this can be devastating," he explained.
"It is no exaggeration to say that conversations—simple conversations—can be life-changing: in a workplace, in your kitchen at home, with a friend, family member or colleague. And that's what Catherine, Harry and I want to do – we want more people to be having those conversations.
Middleton echoed her husband, encouraging anyone listening to speak up when they need to without fear. "The challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help. Admitting that they are not coping. Fear, or reticence, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence—allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked," she described.
"One thing is certain, we are all wired differently," Prince Harry concluded. "We all have mental health; and we'll say it again and again and again, if you want to be fit, healthy and set yourself up for success then your mental fitness is absolutely as important as your physical fitness. Everyone would get help for a broken leg, so why not seek help for an issue that could hamper you and others around you?"
For the occasion, Middleton wore a stunning floral Erdem dress, which retails for around $660, while William and Harry sported charcoal and navy suits, respectively.
Their charity, Heads Together, will have a team in the London Marathon, which takes place on April 23.