The “Mental Health Minute”, with the two members of the British Royal Family, was broadcast by more than 500 radio stations just before 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT), with organisers estimating that around 20 million people could listen to the show.
“Hi, I’m Catherine, and I’m William. And we’d just like to talk for a minute about loneliness,” they said.
Addressing mental health issues is an important cause for the princely couple. Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest grandson has spoken in the past about his own turmoil following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who lost her life in an automobile accident in Paris in 1997.
According to a survey, the Community Life Survey, 11% of people between the ages of 16 and 24 in the UK experienced a sense of loneliness, more than any other age group. Another survey shows that young people do not feel comfortable when asking for help.
“The last two years have really reminded us of the importance of human relationships,” Prince William said during the radio broadcast, which is part of the events scheduled as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
“So if you think someone you know might feel lonely, just give them a call, send them a message or knock on the door,” Kate added.
“Therefore, we apologize for having interrupted the broadcasts of radio stations in the country,” Prince William said, adding that if people were to get involved in the lives of those who feel alone, such an initiative could help these people to stop feeling solitude.