Prince William marks Mental Health Awareness Week

prince williamPhoto: Kensington Palace

The Prince of Wales has appeared in a film with the crew of HMS Oardacious to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Photo: Kensington Palace

Prince William, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Submarine Service, appeared in the short Youtube film alongside four serving Royal Navy Submariners. The HMS Oardacious was founded in 2019 to fundraise for the mental health of all Submariners, whether serving or retired, and their families. They take on challenges to row across the Atlantic.

So far, they have raised over £110,000 in support of mental health charity initiatives.

Prince William joined the crew for a training session on Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire. The crew members are Lieutenant Commander Callum Fraser, Lieutenant Commander Hugo Mitchell-Heggs, Chief Petty Officer Jon Norfolk and Lieutenant Isobel Rawlinson. The latter is hoping to captain an all-female team in 2024.

During the session, they discussed the importance of mental health and how excessive can help manage it.

Prince William said: “Understanding our support networks is crucial because a lot of people don’t have those support networks, and being able to form close bonds and realise that the only way we are going to get through all of this is to support each other and pull each other through.”

See the entire film below:

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