Kate and Prince William launched Our Frontline last week, a round-the-clock mental health support service dedicated entirely to NHS staff and key workers. This initiative, set up in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, saw Kate and Prince William talking directly to frontline workers.
And the dramatic stories they heard from those actively fighting COVID-19 brought tears to the eyes of the Duchess of Cambridge, one source has claimed.
They told The Sun: “They have both been incredibly affected by stories they have heard and Kate, in particular, has been moved to tears by some of the stories she has heard about the sacrifices frontline workers are making.”
The Duchess of Cambridge has also been deemed “pivotal” for the creation and launch of this project.
The source added: “Kate has been involved in the planning and co-ordination of this response and will play a leading role in the work of Our Frontline.
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“She is a pivotal part on all of this and is particularly keen to make sure the children and families of frontline staff are kept in mind when services are rolled out.
“Kate and William are both deeply committed to ensure that the support is there now and in the future.”
At least 119 NHS workers have died since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Many others, are living in fears of contracting the virus while carrying out their job or are feeling the mental strain of working with the public during these dangerous times.
Our Frontline, which Prince William said last week will be the Cambridges’ “top priority” until the end of the pandemic, aims at providing essential workers with the right mental health support.
This service has been launched in collaboration with Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and Kate and William’s The Royal Foundation.
Upon unveiling his latest project, Prince William said: “Millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health on the line to protect us.
“Catherine and I will do all we can to support Our Frontline.”
This service is dedicated only to NHS workers, those who work in the emergency services, people in social care and key workers in all the other fields.
However, Kate and William have also backed a Public Health England’s initiative aiming to boost the mental health of everyone currently living on lockdown.
Earlier this month, the Cambridges lent their voices once again to an advert for Every Mind Matters, an online platform which provides a mental health plan to those suffering from stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
The Duke and Duchess also recently gave a rare interview to the BBC, carried out via video link, in which they opened up on their own struggles during the lockdown, urged people to seek help if they need it and told Britons that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health.
Kate opened up on the “ups and downs” they have so far lived through.
Asked how she and William were coping with the lockdown, Kate said: “It’s been ups and downs, like a lot of families self-isolating.”
The Duchess also revealed they have explained to their three children what the situation is and why they are on lockdown.
She continued: “George is much older than Louis is and things but they are aware.
“I’m always surprised.
“And although you don’t want to scare them and make it too overwhelming, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge it in the simple ways and age-appropriate ways.”
— to www.express.co.uk