Prince William recalls traumatic work experience that made him feel ‘the whole world was dying’
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Prince William sheds new light on the difficulties he has faced as an air ambulance pilot.
The Duke of Cambridge, who previously worked as an air ambulance helicopter pilot after serving as an RAF search and rescue pilot, recalls his own mental health issues in a special episode of Apple Fitness + Time to walk series, which will air on December 6.
“The moment I started the helicopter training I realized it was better than anything. It was one of those things that I immediately took into account and thought, ‘C is really cool. “I really like it,” said William, who started working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2015 and left that role in 2017 to focus on his royal duties.
But at work, the royal faced “difficult situations”.
“Seeing patients and families torn apart almost daily, this routine, you just have to get into the habit of hanging your head down and keep going,” he says.
One appeal particularly touched the royal.
“Immediately it became clear that this youngster was in great difficulty, was unfortunately hit by a car,” he says. “And of course there are things in life that you don’t really want to see.”
“And all that mattered to us back then was taking care of that boy. And the parents are very hysterical, as you can imagine, screaming, moaning, not knowing what to do, you know, and in a real agony themselves. And that lives with you, “he continues.
William says his team stabilized the young boy, but when he returned home he couldn’t shake the experience.
“I came home that night quite upset but not noticeably,” he shares. “I wasn’t in tears, but inside I felt something had changed. I felt a kind of, real tension inside of me.”
The royal says he continued his work without processing his feelings.
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“It really hit me weeks later,” he continues. It was as if someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without my giving permission to do so. I felt like the whole world was dying. It is an extraordinary feeling. You feel that everyone is suffering, everyone is suffering. And it’s not me. I’ve never felt this before.
“My personal life and everything was going perfectly fine. I was happy at home and happy at work, but I kept looking at myself and thinking, ‘Why do I feel like this? do I feel so sad? ‘ And I started to realize that you actually bring home the trauma of people, the sadness of people, and it affects you.
“I was fortunate to have someone to talk to at work in the air ambulance because mental health where I worked was so important.
“Talking about these jobs has certainly helped, sharing them with the team and ultimately in one case meeting the family and the patient involved who has recovered, although not fully recovered, but has recovered. is restored. “
William’s work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot inspired him to raise awareness of the importance of supporting mental health and well-being.
“We know that mental health has long been a taboo and a stigma around the world. And it still is, ”he says. “I would like to think that in the UK here and in the US there’s a lot more talk about it and it opens up. But there’s still a deep-rooted fear of figuring it out.
“And we all have to go through a process of figuring out why rather than just giving in to these feelings and saying, ‘Look, it’s me. I am the problem. “It’s not really you.
“And you’re not alone, and it’s all good. It’s about what you do next. It’s about having that daring and that openness and that strength to go, ‘It’s gonna be a long trip. It’s not going to be easy, but I’ll make it. “
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William approached Apple to participate in Time to walk how impressed he was the series and how that coincided with his efforts to promote better mental health.
During the episode, the royal talks about the importance of keeping mentally fit, reflects on a light moment when he was pulled out of his comfort zone, the value of listening as a way to empower others, and an experience that led him to prioritize mental health. Prince William also chooses three of his favorite songs and explains why they are important to him.
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Recognizing the significant impact that walking has on mental health and that the holidays can be difficult for many, William chose three charities to receive a five-figure donation from Apple: Shout in the UK, Crisis Text Line in the United Kingdom. United States and Lifeline in Australia. . Crisis Text Line and Shout provide free 24/7 confidential assistance to people in crisis via SMS, and Lifeline provides free 24-hour confidential emergency assistance and suicide prevention services.
Apple will broadcast three special audio broadcasts of the Time to walk Free episode on Apple Music 1, the world’s flagship radio station on Apple Music, on December 6.