‘I found any jobs involving children very difficult’: Prince William says he felt ‘really affected’ by family tragedies as an air ambulance pilot after becoming a father

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  • Prince William, 39, discusses mental health with emergency responders
  • The Duke of Cambridge appeared in a new YouTube video shared on the official channel
  • Father of Three tells about his experience in Air Ambulance Service
  • Duke explained: ‘Anything I went to do with the kids really impressed me’
  • Said he found it ‘very difficult’ and recalled that he had to ‘take himself away’
  • Added: ‘It doesn’t really leave you there, you better manage it’

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Prince William revealed he didn’t want to ‘burden’ his wife Kate and their family with the stress and strain of his job as an air ambulance pilot as he launched a mental health scheme for emergency responders.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who flew as a medic for two years with East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, said he felt a great deal of ‘solidarity’ with his team, but that they had to take their own lives at home. Struggling to process experiences.

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“I often think about my time working for RAF Search and Rescue and East Anglia Air Ambulance,” he said at the Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium in London.

‘I remember the pressure to attend calls in the most stressful of situations, sometimes with sad conclusions. I remember the feeling of togetherness with our team, pulling together to do the best we can and sharing the burden of responsibility.

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Prince William attends the Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium with Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (pictured) and Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid, where they unveil the Blue Light Together service for emergency responders

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who flew as a medic for two years with East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, said he felt a great deal of 'solidarity' with his team, but that they had to take their own lives at home. Struggling to process experiences.  picture while on duty

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who flew as a medic for two years with East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017, said he felt a great deal of ‘solidarity’ with his team, but that they had to take their own lives at home. Struggling to process experiences. portrait while on duty

Prince William revealed he didn't want to 'burden' his wife Kate and their family with the stress and strain of his job as an air ambulance pilot as he launched a mental health scheme for emergency responders.  Pictured, royal at today's event

Prince William revealed he didn’t want to ‘burden’ his wife Kate and their family with the stress and strain of his job as an air ambulance pilot as he launched a mental health scheme for emergency responders. Pictured, royal at today’s event

‘I also remember returning home with the day’s stresses and tensions on my mind, and wanted to avoid burdening my family with what I had seen.’

William Met was joined by Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid at the event, where they unveiled the Blue Light Together service for emergency responders.

Blue Light Together has been developed by The Royal Foundation with its partners and includes exclusive information and advice to help emergency responders with their mental health, real-life stories and tips from serving personnel, and guides for employers so that May they support their well being. His people.

As part of Blue Light Together, the Royal Foundation is developing a directory of clinicians who have extensive experience treating the complex mental health needs of emergency responders.

William said: ‘I am clearly pleased to be joining you all here today for the Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.

‘I am grateful to the national coordinating bodies for their support in today’s event, and I also wanted to welcome those who join online.

William drew on his personal experiences as he launched the new mental health service

William drew on his personal experiences as he launched the new mental health service

Prince William says he is committed to providing assistance to emergency responders

Prince William says he is committed to providing assistance to emergency responders

The Duke of Cambridge spends time talking to leaders in UK emergency services

The Duke of Cambridge spends time talking to leaders in UK emergency services

‘This is the first time that all four emergency services and senior leaders from all four countries have come together to discuss mental health.

‘It’s a big moment. And this big moment comes at a crucial time.

‘The past two years are a sharp reminder of our debt of gratitude to the staff and volunteers of our police, fire, ambulance, and search and rescue services.

‘As we’ve heard, working as an emergency responder places significant strain on a person’s mental health, even in normal times. In a pandemic, it has been almost unbearable for many.

‘He has been put under immense pressure not only professionally, but also personally.’

Cressida Dick, pictured, also gave a speech at The Royal Foundation's Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium

Cressida Dick, pictured, also gave a speech at The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium

He added: ‘The network will be the first of its kind and will be available to the entire emergency response community. Therapists will be given ongoing bespoke training and support so that they can provide the best possible care to emergency responders.

Earlier, William joined with emergency responder couple, Will and Chloe, to discuss how they coped with their mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.

During the conversation, which was recorded last week and posted to William’s official youtube Chanel today, Duke also shared his experiences working in the Air Ambulance service.

The father of three explained that he was ‘really impressed’ during jobs where children were involved, adding: ‘For me, it was my personal life with family and the relationship I was at. I found it very difficult.

Prince William, 39, has opened up in a new YouTube video about how fatherhood affected his work at the Air Ambulance Service

Prince William, 39, has opened up in a new YouTube video about how fatherhood affected his work at the Air Ambulance Service

The Duke explained: ‘People want to protect their families and loved ones from terrible and terrible and very sad things.

‘But you are living two very different lives and you are preventing your loved ones from being an important part of who you are and who you are becoming.

‘There’s nothing in training to promote this so we have to adapt individually. But you might not have the necessary toolbox to deal with all these things. We need training and education to help us.

Prince William confessed: ‘When I was in the air ambulance, I would go to any work with the kids, which really impressed me.

‘So much more than I would imagine if I didn’t actually have kids. For me, it was my personal life relationship with family and…

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