William and Kate listen to young adults during a visit to the Open Door mental health charity (Jon Super/PA)
“When they’re young, being able to lay out what they’re going through and what they’re feeling. It’s very impressive.”
He asked mentors how they overcame people’s worries for a “future career” if they went down the “medical route” in tackling their mental health.
The couple heard about plans for the charity to open a centre in Birkenhead with a range of services under one roof
I think, for us, them coming here this week just proves how much they care about the country and making change
This is really exciting because it makes it a positive conversation around mental health, something that normalises it so it changes the way we talk about it.
For the past two years, 15-year-old Leon has been attending OOMOO, a local group run by The Open Door Charity which offers young people living in foster care a safe space.
Alongside writing music with his friends at the charity, Leon said the main inspiration for his music was Birkenhead artist, Zuzu. Releasing my own music feels great. At first, I was like ‘oh my god I’ve actually put something out into the world’ but I am so glad to have finally accomplished my one dream of releasing my own music.
A spokesperson from OOMOO said “We have loved supporting Leon over the past 20 months and we’ve seen first-hand how he has developed into such a skilled and confident artist.
“We can’t wait to follow Leon’s career and we’ll be on the front row when he plays his first gig.”