Prince William says becoming a parent tipped him 'over the edge' and took a toll on his mental health
The Duke of Cambridge revealed that he 'never thought' his job would affect him 'too much' but that changed when he became a father
Prince William has now joined the list of parents who have experienced first hand how having children can change everything and the 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge opened up about mental health while at the 'This Can Happen' Conference in London on Tuesday.
At the conference, Prince William got candid about his days as an air ambulance pilot which he had done both before and after he and his wife Kate Middleton had three children together — five-year-old Prince George, three-year-old Princess Charlotte, and six-month-old Prince Louis. William revealed that he "never thought" his job would affect him "too much" but that changed when he became a father and "worked several times on traumatic jobs involving children."
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"Just as we look after our physical health, we need to look after our #MentalHealth." — The Duke of Cambridge, speaking at the 2018 This Can Happen Conference, the largest corporate mental health event ever to take place in the UK. Earlier this year, The Duke launched #MentalHealthAtWork, an online gateway to hundreds of workplace wellbeing tools and resources, which was developed by @Heads_Together and @MindCharity.
"The relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge. And I started feeling things that I’ve never felt before. And I got very sad and very down about this particular family," Prince William shared. He added that it became very difficult to not take his work home and he said, "You start to take away bits of the job and keep them in your body. And of course, you don’t want to share with your loved ones because you just don’t want to bring that sort of stuff home."
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"Talking was really important, but even that wasn't quite enough for one particular incident for me," he continued. At the conference, William also urged employers to look out for the mental health of workers and also said he feels responsible for looking after his own staff. "There should be a much more open, supportive and compassionate working environment," he shared.
"There's still a stigma about mental health. We are chipping away at it but that wall needs to be smashed down," he added. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry have prioritized on mental health issues over the last couple of years. They even created the 'Heads Together' programme which helps to break stigmas attached to mental health awareness and treatment.
"Just as we look after our physical health, we need to look after our #MentalHealth." — The Duke of Cambridge, speaking at the 2018 This Can Happen Conference. #ThisCanHappen18 pic.twitter.com/Sa6t2bTKjz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 20, 2018
Last February, Prince William highlighted that the treating of mental health should be given the same respect and importance as treating physical health which "should be the norm". He also referred to men's suicide rate in the United Kingdom under the age of 40 as "an appalling stain on our society". When it comes to telling someone that you cannot cope, Prince William shared that it "is a positive step and a sign of strength, not weakness."