Kate Middleton and Prince William Step Out for a Good Cause

Kate Middleton Prince William Visit Organisations Working To Prevent Suicide Lead
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It's not all red carpet events and state dinners for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. On Thursday, Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped out for a joint appearance in the name of mental health. The pair visited a London hospital, where they met with Johnny Benjamin, a suicide survivor, and Neil Laybourn, the man who saved him.

Dressed in an emerald green coat and black pumps, Middleton and her husband, who wore khakis and a blue sport coat, spoke with Benjamin and Laybourn about the importance of tackling the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness.

March 10, 2015
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The Duchess donned an emerald green overcoat paired with black pumps and a black clutch while visiting a London area hospital to speak with a suicide survivor.

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"Someone told me five people a day try to kill themselves. I was just blown away by the statistics," William said, according to people.com. "For both of us, the mental health piece has got lots of aspects. It's such a big issue that we need to do something about it. We feel it's been raised higher up the ladder. It's suddenly bubbling just under the surface. Now we need to get up to the next level, to the surface." Kate added that through her work with addiction, homelessness, and knife crime, she's learned that many of these mental issues stem back to childhood.

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