Kate Middleton and Prince William Talk About Importance of Therapy with Teens

Kate Middleton and Prince William Talk About Importance of Therapy with Teens

Kate Middleton and Prince William are hearing how teens are prioritizing their mental well-being in various ways.

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited the Open Door Charity in Birkenhead on Thursday to learn how the organization uses culture and creativity to inspire and engage people. They met with four teenagers using the charity's Oomoo program, which offers activities such as dance classes, film nights and other well-being activities — including creating music, which resulted in a full album.

"Has producing music and taking part in those workshops helped? Has it helped you with your personal lives?" Kate, who celebrated her 41st birthday on Monday, asked the teens.

One young man answered, "I'd say so. For me, having that music as a tool is good for me to express my emotions through something I can enjoy. Producing music and letting out what you're feeling is better than saying it in a clinical atmosphere. I can put it into words. That was tough to explain!"

The Prince And Princess of Wales Visit Merseyside
The Prince And Princess of Wales Visit Merseyside

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William, 40, commended him: "Very articulate!"

"Talking therapies don't work for some people, they're not for everybody," Kate said. "It's so important to have a range of therapies."

Following their chat, Kate said of the teens, "That was amazing. They're so inspiring."

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The Prince And Princess of Wales Visit Merseyside
The Prince And Princess of Wales Visit Merseyside

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Dan, who works on the Oomoo program, tells PEOPLE that they gave the royal couple their album for a listen.

"Now they've got a CD, which they said they would put on in the car," he says.

"You could tell that they were really knowledgeable," Dan adds. "Particularly Kate, you could tell. It would have been easy for them to come in and not have done the research and not have known about it. But it came across how much they know mental health is a problem and how they know there's not one way to solve it and how interested they are in finding the ways people are helping other people and what they can do to make that more of a nationwide thing. They definitely really care."

Prince William and Catherine Princess of Wales open the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital during a visit to Merseyside
Prince William and Catherine Princess of Wales open the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital during a visit to Merseyside

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Mental health among the old and young has been a centerpiece of Prince William and Princess Kate's public work for many years. It is one of the main areas of focus of the couple's Royal Foundation, which Prince William and Prince Harry set up in 2009 before their wives joined following their marriages. (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the Royal Foundation in June 2019.)

Their Heads Together campaign was the start of their mission to tackle the stigma of mental health and provide supportive resources.

"Our 2017 Heads Together campaign, which convened eight charity partners with one voice, encouraged more people in the UK to talk openly about mental health than ever before, and more people started accessing services as a result," according to the organization's website.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading a new campaign called Heads Together in partnership with inspiring charities, which aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. The campaign has the huge privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. At Kensington Palace on April 21, 2016 in London, England.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading a new campaign called Heads Together in partnership with inspiring charities, which aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. The campaign has the huge privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. At Kensington Palace on April 21, 2016 in London, England.

Nicky J Sims/Getty Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry

Prince William has highlighted the importance of mental health in every area of life, from medical workers to soccer players, also making combating male suicide a crucial part of his royal work.

Kate is also supportive of mental health initiatives, particularly for children and young people. Her brother, James Middleton, has shared that Princess Kate and the rest of his family joined him in therapy sessions while he struggled with depression.

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Prince Harry and Meghan
Prince Harry and Meghan

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Prince Harry said in 2017 that he sought professional help after experiencing grief and anxiety. "The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually you're part of quite a big club," he said in a podcast interview with The Telegraph's Bryony Gordon.

The Duke of Sussex said in Apple TV+'s The Me You Can't See that Meghan inspired him to pursue therapy more seriously than ever after they met. "It was meeting and being with Meghan, I knew that if I didn't do therapy and fix myself, that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with," said Harry.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE surrounding the release of his new book, Spare, Prince Harry shares how therapy also helped him deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who died when he was 12.

"Therapy also allowed me the space to address much of my trauma and grief by removing life's filters — cleaning the windshield, and seeing life as it is, rather than through the fog," he said. "The healing process has allowed me to get to a place where I now feel the presence of my mum more than ever before. She's with me all the time—my guardian angel."