William and Kate’s Foundation survey shows young people struggle with mental health

Prince and Princess of Wales Credit: PA

A survey commissioned by the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Royal Foundation has found almost all those questioned thought their peers were having issues with their mental health.

William and Kate will attend a series of events across the country this week to highlight the topic of mental health, starting in Birmingham later when they host a discussion with young people about the issue.

The survey, released on World Mental Health Day, found nearly 40% of 16- to 24-year-olds questioned felt they were not managing their emotions very well, while 95% of the group said they thought their peers were having some sort of problem with their mental health.

The Prince of Wales’ Foundation found that 40% of young people felt they were not managing their emotions very well Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Almost six in ten (59%) of the 16 to 24-year-olds questioned thought it was very important for young people to have greater awareness and understanding of social and emotional skills, while 39% felt they did not manage their emotions very well.

The online poll, conducted from September 18-26, found almost two-thirds (65%) of the 1,817 young people quizzed said their mental health was very important to them.

The prince and princess will be joined by famous faces from BBC Radio 1 when they host the forum for young people to mark World Mental Health Day, run in partnership with The Mix, a leading digital charity for the under 25s.

The event has the theme – Exploring our Emotional Worlds – and will bring together 100 young delegates, nominated by 10 leading mental health and youth engagement charities.

Kate with children at St John’s Church of England School in Bethnal Green Credit: Kensington Palace/PA

The group will discuss the specific mental health challenges their generation faces, explore what more they could do to understand and manage their emotions and discuss the solutions that could support them to better look after their own and each other’s mental wellbeing.

Half of the attendees were nominated by National Citizen Service, an organisation that offers a range of experiences for young people that support them to become world and work-ready.

During the next two days William and Kate, who have been raising awareness about the issue of mental health for a number of years including through their flagship project Heads Together, will take part in royal engagements with university students and emergency responders to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing.

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