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England’s Royal Family has been speaking up to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Prince Harry recently opened up about seeking grief counseling, and Prince William shared a Skype conversation with Lady Gaga in which the two discussed the stigma of mental health.

Now, William is getting even more personal in his new interview with Britain’s GQ.

In the interview, William expressed his concerns, stating,

“I’ve been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness. I just don’t understand it. I know I come across as quite reserved and shy, I don’t always have my emotions brewing, but behind closed doors I think about the issues, I get very passionate about things. I rely on people around me for opinions, and I am a great believer in communication on these issues.”

With this in mind, William is spearheading a campaign called Heads Together, along with Kate Middleton and Harry. Per the campaign’s website, the organization aims to change the conversation on mental health, and partner with relevant charities to provide help to those who struggle with mental illness.

In William’s own words, he explains the organization’s goals:

“Smashing the taboo is our biggest aim. We cannot go anywhere much until that is done. People can’t access services till they feel less ashamed, so we must tackle the taboo, the stigma, for goodness sake, this is the 21st century.”

William has had his own struggles and opened up about his grief with the upcoming 20th anniversary of his mother’s death. William stated,

“I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better. It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw.”

For more about Prince William’s work, check out his interview with GQ.

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