In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s easy for mental health concerns to be forgotten – even as self-isolation pushes us to our limits. Enter the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who revealed a plan to support the nation’s mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown via Instagram on March 29. The issue is, of course, one that’s close to their hearts, with the pair having launched the Heads Together campaign through The Royal Foundation in 2016 in order to combat the stigma around mental health issues.
“Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health – in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organizations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time,” Kensington Palace explained. “Last week, the Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and the Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be.”
The Cambridges then shared news of Public Health England’s newly announced guidelines for protecting your mental health while under lockdown – from maintaining regular sleep patterns to keeping your mind active with the likes of sudoku – while also praising the government’s decision to allocate £5 million for distribution to mental health charities through Mind.
“It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being,” the Duke and Duchess wrote. “By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead.” The message was accompanied by photographs of William and Kate in their respective offices, with the Duchess wearing the blush Marks & Spencer suit she chose for a recent outing to visit the London Ambulance Service’s 111 control room in Croydon.
Originally published on Vogue.com