About Mental Health with Will & Kate Aboard Ship
A Winnipeg woman was part of a crew of a tall ship carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Victoria on Saturday.
Danielle Sicotte, 22, is one of 19 students who has overcome mental illness chosen to meet William and Kate during their tour of Canada. The focus of the week-long trip was mental health and family support.
They met aboard the Pacific Grace schooner, built in the style of Canada’s famed Blue Nose.
The students helped to set up the sails and haul gear aboard the ship.
“It’s so surreal. It was amazing. I know that they’re Royals, but they’re really just normal people that are passionate about mental health. They were so lovely. They were engaging with us and it’s still a surreal experience I won’t forget,” said Sicotte.
Sicotte founded the University of Winnipeg’s chapter of Jack.org, a national network of young people working to end the stigma of mental illness. Sicotte was struggling with anxiety, and wanted to start a conversation with her peers about mental health.
“I know, myself, I did suffer with anxiety in high school and only got worse in university. And struggling in silence and the stigma associated with mental health issue helped me bring this message and get the conversation started. And I think the royal visit will have a huge impact,” said Sicotte.
In the meeting with Will and Kate, everyone had a chance to speak about their experiences, both personally and in their communities, Sicotte said.
Among the topics discussed with the Royal Couple, Sicotte said Kate emphasized the link between physical health and mental health, and treating mental fitness like physical fitness.
“So working on your mental health seems clinical, but working on your mental fitness is something people can relate to,” said Sicotte.
The cruise through the harbour was the last stop before the royal couple headed by plane to the airport.
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Source: CTV News