Prince William and Duchess Kate are trying to break the stigma of a difficult topic young people from around the globe struggle with. It is uplifting when you see royalty working with patients at London’s St. Thomas Hospital, where they offer a program that provides a safe place for young people who are struggling with suicide.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Jonny Benjamin, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 20. Benjamin attempted to take his life, jumping off a bridge in London six years ago. A man named Neil Laybourn saw Benjamin on the ledge of the bridge, and talked him down. Benjamin then began to try and find the good Samaritan, who changed his life and gave him the courage to survive face his disease. The campaign went viral. William and Kate visited the two men and other young people struggling with mental illness.
I have no idea where this number came from, but Prince William is quoted to have said “Someone told me five people a day try and kill themselves, I was just blown away by the statistics.”
He should go and read the statistics on suicide.org, which look more like this:
- Over one million people die by suicide worldwide each year.
- The global suicide rate is 16 per 100,000 population.
- On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.
- 1.8% of worldwide deaths are suicides.
- Global suicide rates have increased 60% in the past 45 years.
The royal family is making a commitment to raise awareness on the issues of mental health, and suicide. William intends to focus on male suicide. Prince Harry wants to focus on mental health for military veterans. Kate has been supporting children’s mental health and has repeatedly said that mental health is often the root cause of more significant problems later on in life, like addiction, homelessness, crime, and abuse.
“We see through the work we do with addiction, homelessness and knife crime that a lot of it stems back to childhood,” she said.