Prince William and Kate have backed a new government initiative to boost the nation's mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are urging individuals to follow new guidelines provided by Public Health England (PHE) on how they can look after their mental health during the current UK lockdown.
The guidelines have been developed by mental health charities (which have received an additional £5m in funding to help expand their services) and backed by the NHS.
The guidelines advise that we keep in contact with loved ones by phone, video chat or social media. It also recommends individuals use the time to learn new hobbies and skills and stick to a regular routine and sleeping pattern, which PHE says can help combat low mood and anxiety during self-isolation.
Speaking out in support of the new government advice, Kate and Wills said: "The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone. We have to take time to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health."
They added, "By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead."
On Friday, the royal couple took to Instagram to share their working-from-home set up at Sandringham with their 11.4m followers and shed some light on the work they're doing with mental health charities such as Mind and Place2Be.
The Cambridge's support of the new government campaign comes as Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove announced that the country may need to prepare for a 'significant’ period of lockdown to help curb the rise of COVID-19 in the UK.
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