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Prince William on How His Kids Affected His Mental Health

Prince William Spoke Candidly About How Having Kids Affects Your Mental Health, and He's Spot On

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks on stage during a panel discussion at the inaugural 'This Can Happen' conference on November 20, 2018 in London, England. The conference brings together hundreds of delegates from the UK and further afield to share best practice in multiple different mental health fields. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William opened up about how having children affected his mental health at the This Can Happen Conference in London on Nov. 20. While discussing the years he spent as an ambulance pilot, the 36-year-old dad said that becoming a father made him view his occupation differently.

"The relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge," he explained. "And I started feeling things that I've never felt before. And I got very sad and very down about this particular family."

Although Prince William's last flight was in July 2017, he "worked several times on traumatic jobs involving children," and obviously that can do a number on your mental health. "You start to take away bits of the job and keep them in your body. And of course, you don't want to share with your loved ones because you just don't want to bring that sort of stuff home."

William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan have been active in the Heads Together campaign, an organization founded by the princes in 2009 geared toward reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

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