USW students talk mental health with royalty

Fashion students meet royalty

(left to right) Ela Jenkins, Imogen Hopkins and Megan Morgan. 

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On Tuesday morning, as part of their UK tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came to Cardiff to meet with people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and to thank frontline workers.

As part of the visit, William and Kate discussed mental health issues with students from University of South Wales (USW), Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Cardiff University.

The group from USW included first-year students from the Faculty of Creative Industries; Megan Morgan, Ela Haf Jenkins, and Imogen Hopkins. They were joined by; Shannon Lee, Students’ Union (SU) President, Lois Joes, SU Vice-President (Education), and Kay Dennis, Vice-President (Welfare).

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Imogen Lee, BA Hons Fashion Design, said:

“The whole experience was amazing. We tried not to think about it too much at the time or we were in danger of becoming overwhelmed by the experience.  

“To meet people who are that high profile yet interested in young people and their mental health was really inspiring and a great thing for them to do.

“They led a really honest conversation about the stigma surrounding mental health but also about how the conversation is opening up. They asked us how we are getting on in the first year and coping with the blended approach to study.

“Kate was interested in the aspects of fashion that we are studying and asked about our career aspirations. I actually noticed that throughout her UK tour she has dressed in the flag colours which I think was such a lovely touch.”

Shannon Lee, USW SU President, said:

"It was an incredible experience getting to represent the Students' Union and University, especially focusing on topics so close to our hearts. The Duke and Duchess were really receptive to our comments and seemed keen to understand the impact the pandemic has had on students, particularly their mental health. We hope that they have taken the comments on board and will encourage the continuation of support."