Prince William Takes Over 300 Radio Stations To Get People Talking About Mental Health

A list of celebs helped the Duke deliver his "mental health minute".

Prince William took over more than 300 radio stations today to remind the nation to listen to those who may be struggling with their mental health.

The Duke of Cambridge was helped by the likes of Alesha Dixon, Katy Perry, Jameela Jamil and Stephen Fry to deliver his ‘Mental Health Minute’ – a minute of radio with a powerful message.

The short recording at 10.59am was created by Heads Together – the mental health campaign launched by Prince William alongside his brother, Harry and wife, Kate – to mark the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK.


The recording started with two quick fire questions – including “what do you do at a green light?” – that they said are surprisingly easy to get wrong, designed to highlight how many of us are only half listening in our daily lives.

“Life can just get too busy,” Jamil said. Fry reminded us taking the time to slow down and fully listen can make a huge difference to others.

“There are people out there desperate to be heard,” he said. “And you can help by taking the time to listen.”

Prince William then told the estimated 20 million listeners: “Being able to talk about how you’re feeling is essential for keeping mentally fit and healthy. So maybe now is the time for us to stop and really listen.”

He added: “Each and every one of us has the power to make a difference to someone.”

If you want to have a conversation with a loved one on mental health week this, but aren’t sure where to start, our guides on talking about depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts might help. We’ve also created this guide on how to access free therapy in 2019.

Alternatively, check out some of the useful websites and helplines below.

Useful websites and helplines:

  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email:
  • Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on