(Australian Associated Press)
British royal Kate Middleton packed a punch during the launch of the Heads Together campaign, a movement to rid society of the stigma surrounding mental health.
The Duchess of Cambridge took park in a quick boxing session at the event held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London on Tuesday to promote the benefits of physical activity for mental wellbeing.
During her speech at the event she explained how people often feel afraid to admit they are struggling with mental health.
“This fear of judgement stops people from getting the help they need, which can destroy families and end lives,” she said.
Prince William added the more people talk about mental health the easier it becomes for people to open up and seek support.
“By asking for help, by telling a friend we have a problem, by asking someone else how they feel, by having a conversation – we take the first step to feeling better about ourselves and the first step to being able to cope better with the ups and downs of life,” he said.
“This is relevant to everyone.”
The event marked the launch of a partnership with a number of mental health charities including the Anna Freud Centre and Best Beginnings among others.
Heads Together is supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry who also took part in a round of boxing as well as a game of Jenga with Young Minds – one of the seven charities taking part in the campaign.