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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan shine a light on the work Kiwis are doing in the area of mental health

The royal couple showed a keen interest in the work New Zealanders are doing in the area of mental health.

By Karyn Henger
Raising awareness about mental health issues is close to the hearts of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and this morning they paid homage to this by speaking with young Kiwis at the heart of mental health work in New Zealand.
At Maranui Café in Wellington the royal pair met with young people from a number of organisations dedicated to advocating for and supporting those who struggle with mental health in New Zealand.
"It's a real topic that needs to be discussed," Prince Harry said to Ezekiel Raui from Key to Life, a mental health support network.
"There's no silver bullet and I think people need to understand that," Prince Harry continued. "I take my hat off to you guys."
Ezekiel Raui, who actually met the royal couple earlier this year at Buckingham Palace when he was awarded a Queen's Young Leaders Award, spoke with the royal couple about the importance of inter-generational change and said it was a dream that the role of Key to Life Trust may one day become redundant.
In 2016, alongside Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry launched Heads Together, an initiative to advocate for and raise awareness about mental health issues.
Ever the tactile couple Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have each other's back as they stop to chat with fans while walking to Maranui Café in Wellington.
Prince William said at the time, "Mental health is not a dirty word and we all have mental health like we do physical health, good or ill. But not seeking help at those times when it all seems too much, or we are depressed or anxious, can impact the rest of our lives. Put simply, the three of us want to make asking for help no longer a big deal... The more we all talk about this, the more collectively as a society we can do to support one another."
Duchess Meghan joined the initiative before she married Prince Harry and the four have each focused on a particular area to champion - Prince Harry's is military mental health (notably the Invictus Games). Prince William's is men's mental health and Duchess Catherine's is mother's and children's. Duchess Meghan has shown a special interest in women's empowerment.
During this morning's meeting at Wellington's Maranui Café Prince Harry was interested to know how much of a part social media played in the number of young people experiencing symptoms.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan hold hands as they walk along Lyall Bay to visit Maranui Café in Wellington.
Duchess Meghan wore a 1737 lapel badge promoting the work of the helpline.
"You're all doing really excellent work," she said to the group, starting a round of applause.
Prince Harry said, "Everyone needs someone to turn to right?"
During the visit Meghan ordered a cup of tea while Prince Harry stuck to drinking water.
The prince placed his hand affectionately on his wife's shoulder as the couple made their final farewells and left.

These are the services that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan met with representatives from: