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Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are huge champions of mental health

William said the past two years of the pandemic have reminded people of the importance of human relationships.

New research coinciding with the message showed that more than one in 10 young people (11%) feel lonely often or always, making them the loneliest of all age groups, according to Community Life Survey data.

A YouGov poll also found that 18 to 24-year-olds are also the least comfortable asking for help, with six out of 10 (59%) saying they would not feel comfortable doing so if they feel lonely.

Nearly seven out of 10 (67%) in the same age group feel loneliness is not taken seriously by society, but 71% also feel comfortable helping someone else to overcome loneliness.

The 2022 Minute, created by Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio in the UK, and The Royal Foundation, is in support of Better Health – Every Mind Matters, which offers advice to tackle loneliness and provides NHS-approved tips to help people look after their mental wellbeing.

Nigel Huddleston, minister for civil society and youth at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are great champions of mental health awareness and we’re hugely grateful to have their support through the Mental Health Minute.

“We know loneliness is having a disproportionate impact on our young people and this campaign offers easy to use guidance people can follow to improve their wellbeing.”