PRINCE Harry danced and joked with schoolkids as he raised awareness for mental health issues in Nottingham today.
The new dad first headed to Nottingham Academy – a place he has visited several times – where he was greeted by cheering crowds this afternoon.
And he made sure to speak to students about their work during the royal engagement.
It comes after the 35-year-old royal teamed up with Ed Sheeran to encourage Brits to speak up if they are struggling with mental health.
The “nation’s favourite gingers” shared a clip of them together, saying: “Make sure your friends, strangers, look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence together.”
And Prince Harry will continue his work to raise awareness for mental health as he visits a Community Record Studio in St Ann’s later today.
The new dad of baby Archie, who spearheads mental health initiative Heads Together alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is to meet young people at both community projects which aim to improve mental well being.
At Nottingham Academy, Harry will join an Epic Partners Nurture Session discussion about mental health and is expected to be invited to share his own experiences.
Harry and the Duchess of Sussex visited the school in November 2017 – their first official visit following their engagement.
At Community Recording Studio, a charity that has been running for over 20 years, Harry will be invited to watch young people perform a “Hip Hopera” which highlights mental health issues.
It comes just days after Harry – alongside Meghan, William and Kate – gave his voice to a TV advert launching Every Mind Matters, a joint campaign by the NHS and Public Health England, which advocates good mental health.
The Cambridges and the Sussexes were applauded for their involvement in the ad – believed to be the first ever senior royals to participate in an advert.
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Every Mind Matters aims to tackle Britain’s poor mental health by offering tips and videos on how to cope with life’s ups an downs.
It’ll direct viewers to the campaign’s website – a joint NHS and Public Health England initiative – pointing people to a mental health quiz to get customised advice.
Visitors are asked to think back over the last two weeks and answer from around six different options:
1. How is your mood?
2. How well do you sleep?
3. How anxious or on edge do you feel?
4. How stressed do you feel?
5. Have you been worrying about anything?
Based on your answers, it then generates a personalised “Mind Plan” that gives five simple ideas, which PHE says are grounded in scientific evidence to improve mental wellbeing.
Examples include taking the stairs and getting off the bus a stop earlier to increase your physical activity and help you sleep better.
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The short film was written by Richard Curtis and directed by celebrity photographer Rankin.
The ad also features stars including Davina McCall, Katie Piper, Joe Sugg, Freddie Flintoff, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Professor Green and Nadiya Hussain.
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