Mindkit Volunteers Meet Royalty and Talk Mental Health

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at World Mental Health Day 2015 event

Mindkit Volunteer Youth Wellbeing Trainers met with William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday 10th October on World Mental Health Day at an event in Harrow.

The Duke and Duchess met with volunteers from Mindkit, anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change and students from Harrow College. The Royals discussed the challenges that the volunteers have faced and learnt how they are now channelling their experiences to inform and inspire other young people at schools, colleges and youth groups.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, talking to young people about mental health

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, talks to young people about mental health and their experiences

The Duke and Duchess also joined students from Harrow College in a Mindkit workshop which introduced young people to ways of looking after their emotional health and resilience. The interactive session focused on the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Mindful Living and how young people can apply these to their everyday lives to manage difficult times.

William, Duke of Cambridge, takes part in a Mindkit session on Mindful Living and the Five Ways to Wellbeing

Mindkit Youth Wellbeing Trainer, Zoe, leads on an interactive session about Mindful Living and the Five Ways to Wellbeing with The Duke of Cambridge.

Sammy, a Mindkit Volunteer Youth Wellbeing Trainer in Lewisham, met with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She said, “I am extremely proud of being part of Mindkit on World Mental Health Day this year. It’s great to be part of work to change the perception of mental health, to reduce stigma and getting people talking about mental health openly. Volunteering with Mindkit has increased my confidence significantly and I have met so many incredible people.”

Mindkit volunteer trainers, Zoe and Sammy with Mindkit Manager, Natasha