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Speak out on mental health issues, urges Prince William

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge has urged the nation's young to speak out about their mental health problems after hearing the moving story of a suicidal man saved by a Good Samaritan.

William, with wife Kate, told a group of 14 and 15-year-old students invited to Kensington Palace that he felt "we don't listen, we don't talk enough" and called on them to be there for each other.

The south London school pupils had listened intently as mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin (29), described how, when a drama student, he was saved from throwing himself off Waterloo Bridge by passer-by Neil Laybourn (33), a private fitness instructor.

Years later, Mr Benjamin started the #FindMike search in 2014 to track down the unknown passer-by who stopped him killing himself in 2008.

Earlier, the Cambridges heard the same heartfelt story from the two men during a meeting at St Thomas' Hospital, where Mr Benjamin was sectioned after he walked away from the edge of the bridge.

The Duke told the Year 10 and 11 pupils from Dunraven secondary school in Streatham that hearing the men's story was "very eye-opening".

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