Prince William and Kate have backed a new government initiative to boost the nation's mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are urging individuals to follow new guidelines provided by Public Health England (PHE) on how they can look after their mental health during the current UK lockdown.
The guidelines have been developed by mental health charities (which have received an additional £5m in funding to help expand their services) and backed by the NHS.
The guidelines advise that we keep in contact with loved ones by phone, video chat or social media. It also recommends individuals use the time to learn new hobbies and skills and stick to a regular routine and sleeping pattern, which PHE says can help combat low mood and anxiety during self-isolation.
Speaking out in support of the new government advice, Kate and Wills said: "The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone. We have to take time to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health."
They added, "By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead."
Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time. Last week ☎️ The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be. Today Public Health England has published new guidance to help support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak; take a look at our Story or visit the link in our bio 📱 to find out more. Speaking about the new guidance, The Duke and Duchess said: • “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. • By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead”. • The Government has also announced a grant for @MindCharity to help fund their services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time.
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On Friday, the royal couple took to Instagram to share their working-from-home set up at Sandringham with their 11.4m followers and shed some light on the work they're doing with mental health charities such as Mind and Place2Be.
The Cambridge's support of the new government campaign comes as Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove announced that the country may need to prepare for a 'significant’ period of lockdown to help curb the rise of COVID-19 in the UK.
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