Prince William urges football fans to ‘take a minute’ for mental health

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Prince William unveiled an inspiring new film to promote mental health awareness.

The video, voiced by the royal father of three, aims to get football fans to pause for a minute and think about their mental health. The 60-second PSA is the next step in William’s initiative to use soccer to help raise awareness of mental health challenges — especially in men.

“In life as in football we all go through highs and lows,” he says in the film, which is part of his Heads Up initiative with Every Mind Matters. “We can all sometimes feel anxious or stressed. At moments even the little things can seem a struggle. But we can all start to change things.”

Using the prestigious FA Cup competition that takes place this weekend, the film, which stars current and former players like Frank Lampard, Harry Maguire and Callum Hudson-Odoi, urges fans and players and others to “take a minute” to consider their mental health.

Each of the 32 matches in the third round of the famous knockout competition will take place after a minute delay to encourage fans to take the step. The FA Cup knockout contest reaches its third round this weekend and sees some of the best soccer teams in Britain hoping to progress to the final at Wembley Stadium in London on May 23.

The Heads Up campaign, which came out of the Heads Together initiative that he started with wife Kate Middleton and brother Prince Harry, will culminate on May 23. Around the occasion, the BBC will air A Royal Road To Wembley: Tackling Mental Health, which will trace the competition over the recent months, and feature the stories of men who have been affected by mental health, as William discusses the issue with fans and footballers alike

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