Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Prince William gives rare insight into his work as a first responder

Prince William gives rare insight into his work as a first responder

The new website comes as a survey finds that 48 percent of United Kingdom employees have experienced mental health problems in their current job.

The resource is much-needed, it would seem.

According to Mind, every year, nearly 300,000 people lose their job owing to mental health problems.

"No matter the size of your workplace, and no matter where you work, Mental Health at Work can help you find what you need to start or continue your journey to better workplace wellbeing for everyone".

The prince said he wanted the gateway to be a "big shift in working culture" and ensure that dealing with mental health is a part of the everyday working life.

But being a supportive manager can make a huge difference.

This is not the first time William speaks out about mental health in the workplace.

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"Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work".

At the event in Bristol, the Duke of Cambridge spoke of dealing with his own mental health during his time as an air ambulance pilot. Users are also able to access everything free of charge, and although not necessary, can register for an account to easily see which resources they have already made use of in the past.

The Mental Health at Work project has been created by Heads Together, a charity headed by Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, 33.

In a speech to launch the portal which went live on Tuesday, Prince William said: 'If you are a business owner, a team leader, a line manager, you work in HR, or just believe in supporting the wellbeing of your colleagues - Mental Health At Work can help'. More often than not, it is the fear of losing the job, or shame that prevents them from talking about their mental health.

The research comes just days after the Yorkshire Post revealed the increasing toll on the mental health of the region's emergency workers.

A study conducted by Deloitte last year also showed that "mental health issues cost United Kingdom employers between £33 billion and £42 billion each year".

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