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Prince Harry urges people to speak up on their mental health issues during visit to the North East

Prince Harry urged people to speak out about mental health issues as he brought his visit to the North East to a close.

His Royal Highness visited Virgin Money headquarters in Newcastle, meeting staff and fundraisers on site.

Prince Harry rounded off the visit by giving a speech at the Virgin Money, which is one of the official partners of Heads Together, a mental health charity.

Introducing the Prince, company CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia shared with the hundreds of employees who had come to listen about the struggles that she had faced with mental health.

Click below to watch Prince Harry's speech in full.

Thank you Jayne-Anne for that introduction and thank you so much to everyone in this room for your enthusiasm for the Heads Together campaign, especially those of you wearing your headbands.

"You've just heard one of the country's leading business figures speak openly about facing a difficult moment in her life. You've heard her talk about realising that she needed to ask for help from a colleague and to ask for the time to get her life back on track; and you've seen her celebrate the fact that her own experiences with a mental health challenge have made her a better leader today."

"William, Catherine and I started this campaign because we saw that fear of judgment, stigma, and outdated prejudice meant that too many people stayed quiet about their mental health challenges."

– Prince Harry
Prince Harry urged people to speak out about mental health issues as he brought his visit to the North East to a close Credit: Scott Heppell PA Wire/PA Images

He also visited the charity village where he met staff who have been raising funds and awareness about mental health.

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