Kate Middleton and Prince William join forces to raise awareness of suicide prevention


Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s parents visited St. Thomas’ Hospital on Thursday, March 10, where they met Jonny Benjamin, a suicide survivor whose life was saved by Neil Laybourn. The Duchess, née Kate Middleton, and her husband Prince William encountered both men, Benjamin and Laybourn.

In January 2008, Jonny Benjamin ran away from the hospital where he was sectioned, with the thought of committing suicide by jumping off Waterloo Bridge. Thanks to a passerby, Benjamin didn’t manage to carry out his plan.

In 2014, Benjamin wanted to meet his rescuer and launched the social media campaign #FindMike, which eventually reached its goal and the young man met his hero.

During their meeting, William, 33 and Kate, 34, talked with Benjamin and his rescuer Neil Laybourn about “tackling the stigma associated with suicide.”

Kensington Palace has posted photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from their visit at St. Thomas’ Hospital.

This morning the Royal parents-of-two also headed to Maytree, a charity that offers support to people in suicidal crisis.

Later during the afternoon, Duchess Kate and Prince William joined a discussion with school children on the subject of mental health at Kensington Palace.

Tomorrow, March 11, William and Kate are set to visit @XLMentoring, which supports young people dealing with emotional challenges.