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Prince William Opened Up About His Mental Health and Being an Air Ambulance Pilot

Shannon Barbour
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While most tend to focus on the glitz and glam of the royal family, they also have struggles that affect their daily lives. While speaking at the launch of the Mental Health at Work project, which seeks to promote dialogue about mental health in the workplace, Prince William opened up about his struggle with mental health.

Before Prince William became a full-time royal in 2017, he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. At the Bristol, England event, Prince William said, "I took a lot home without realizing it. You see [so] many sad things every day that you think life is like that." He added, "You're always dealing with despair and sadness and injury. The attrition builds up and you never really have the opportunity to offload anything if you're not careful."

The project launch comes after a UK study showed that 48 percent of employees struggle with mental health at work. Prince William also spoke about how important it is to seek help and look out for your own health. "You're human and a lot of people forget the battles, you have shut it off to do the job-but ultimately something pierces the armor," he said.

The Mental Health at Work website also provides information and tools that people can use to discuss mental health with their employers and coworkers.

If you or someone you know needs help, please text Crisis Text Line at 741741, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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