Prince William is talking about mental health in football again this week

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I really do wonder what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will actually *do* this week with their events, especially given the fact that the Sussexes and Finding Freedom are dominating royal conversations. I don’t think Will & Kate have anything scheduled, but their events have been prepackaged, palace-orchestrated sh-t for the past month now. My guess is that we’ll see Kate at some event, but it will have taken place last week or something. Maybe a new family photo, or would that be too obvious? While we’re waiting for Kate, William magically appeared on Sunday evening for his “mental health in football” campaign.

Prince William is using soccer to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In a video promoting the landmark Mentally Healthy Football Declaration signed by leaders of the entire U.K. soccer family, the Duke of Cambridge openly references the positive role he believes the sport can play.

“This has been a football season unlike any other,” William says in the video. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, and it is clear it will have a big impact on many people’s mental health. Football’s role in breaking the stigma around mental health has never been more important.”

The Mentally Healthy declaration has been signed by the English Premier League, English Football League, and the soccer associations of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It’s also drawn the support of famous names in the soccer world including England manager Gareth Southgate, England captain Harry Kane and Scotland captain Andy Roberston. A direct spin-off of the Heads Up mental health campaign launched by the royal in September 2019 to encourage openness about mental health within the sport, it publicly states that mental health is of equal importance to physical health.

“Now, more than ever, is the time for us to support each other and for all parts of society to prioritize mental health,” says the declaration. “We will do everything we can to play our part in this and help make football a ‘mentally healthy’ environment, now and in the future.”

[From People]

It’s not that I don’t care about mental health. It’s that I don’t care about mental health when William talks about it, because I know he honestly and truly does not give a sh-t. There’s no there there. He just wants to look manly and bro-y and chat with football players and say stuff like “mental health, amirite?” And clearly, William’s concerns about mental health as an issue are quite limited – he DGAF about his wife’s mental health, his brother’s mental health or his sister-in-law’s mental health.

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  1. AprilMay says:

    So the declaration simply says the leaders in football think mental health is important and that’s it?!? The f*cks that going to do?!
    And make football a mentally healthy place- why doesn’t he do engagements with smaller local team too so. All the ones he does about this always deal with the big teams and leagues. Smaller teams deal with this too and women’s leagues too and yet no sign of him doing anything with them.
    Do you think he knows that racism has an impact on players mental health? How many footballers have revealed the racist messages they receive on social media in the passed couple of weeks and the impact that has on them. And yet crickets.

  2. KellyRyan says:

    I’ve posted this on Twitter, and it’s one of those humorous comments circulating in the psych community, “Here take my advice, I’m not using it.” I rely on knowledge and experience. I have both. Willie Wonky qualifies for nothing. :)

  3. Sarah says:

    Now, more than ever, is the time for us to support each other – HYPOCRITE.

    Public conversations about these topics matter but he is the WORST advocate for this.

  4. TheOtherOne says:

    Now every time I see an article about Bill and Cathy Middleton and mental health, I automatically think of Trump and Infrastructure Week. Thanks, Kaiser! 😉

  5. AnnaKist says:

    I’m fed up to my eyeballs with his mental health talk. Clearly, he wasn’t at all bothered about his brother’s mental health to support him 100% and ensure that what happened didn’t happen. Empty vessels…

    • My3cents says:

      Right?
      He was so bothered by his brother’s mental health that he had to issue a press release and say that he was worried that he’s fragile.
      That whole episode seemed on the border of downright gaslighting.

  6. yinyang says:

    A video about him?? oh for heaven’s sake, more using the pandemic to push their angenda.

  7. Digital Unicorn says:

    As predicted Cain has dropped an event on MH, when the news cycle is all about the MH struggles of his brother and SIL. Talk about being tone deaf and incapable of reading the room.

    NO ONE will take you and Top CEO seriously on MH now that we have all seen how you have and continue to treat you brother and his family. Are you still ‘bored’ of racism?

    • Lizzie says:

      This weak attempt will be completely overlooked. FF is still a best seller that everyone is talking about.

  8. truth fairy says:

    “I don’t care about mental health when William talks about it, because I know he honestly and truly does not give a sh-t. There’s no there there. He just wants to look manly and bro-y and chat with football players and say stuff like “mental health, amirite?” And clearly, William’s concerns about mental health as an issue are quite limited – he DGAF about his wife’s mental health, his brother’s mental health or his sister-in-law’s mental health.”

    Just wanted to repeat that

  9. Lyn says:

    William talking about mental health after he was tradhing his brother’s mental health to the tabloids is like Kate talking about pregnant women’s health and early childhood when she purposefully let false news about her and Meghan circulate in the tabloids. This led to Meghan being vilified whilst pregnant and also as a new mom.

    They can join whatever initiative they want and I will just laugh.

  10. Nic919 says:

    The actions of the Cambridges have shown they don’t actually believe what they are promoting. When you treat your sibling or your in laws like garbage and in William’s case openly mock your brother talking about his mental health by calling him fragile, then you are a liar and don’t care about destigmatizing mental health issues.

  11. Olenna says:

    Please stop with the hyperbole, @Allie. This is a niche site for royal gossip and opinions, and is not going to impact the charity’s standing. And, after seeing so many of the British media’s bold, ugly headlines and lies printed about the Sussexes, sensationalism is hardly appreciated here.

  12. Beach Dreams says:

    The Cambridges do enough undermining of it on their own. Why should anyone be invested if they’re not?

  13. Lizzie says:

    Undermine what exactly, “mental health, amirite?” LOL

    It’s proven Cambridge’s have zero affect. They are irrelevant.