'Incredibly important' - Ardern praises Prince William for sharing his mental health struggles on the world stage

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has praised Prince William for opening up about his own mental health issues as the pair took part in a panel discussion covering the subject at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzeraland.

The Duke of Cambridge said this morning he began having issues when he worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, adding that he feels empathy and solidarity with the medical community.

"When I started feeling issues myself, it was from my air ambulance work, I was dealing with a lot of trauma on a day-in, day-out basis and stuff that your body is not programmed to deal with.”

"We should talk about it and we should get over it and that's why it's fantastic that people like the Prime Minister of New Zealand, she understands and she gets this, that this is a generational issue and that we've got to start tackling it now so that our children and our grandchildren don't have to go through this sort of process and they can be a lot more open about it."

Ms Ardern thanked Prince William for putting mental health issues on the international stage.

"Because I have the opportunity to do so, I do want to pay tribute to His Royal Highness, I just don't think you can underestimate the power at an international level of you having spoken so openly," Ms Ardern said.

"It's had the effect on the global stage of a rugby player on a domestic stage has had and I think policies matter, programmes matter, but actually conversations matter enormously.

"When you have someone of such standing having that conversation personally ... what does it say to that that young person in the United States or that young person in Zimbabwe or New Zealand, I think it's incredibly important," Ms Ardern said.

The Duke of Cambridge also said had struggled to find celebrity ambassadors after setting up the Heads Together campaign alongside his wife and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"What was very interesting from when we set up the campaign was not one celebrity wanted to join us, not one person wanted to be involved in the mental health campaign Heads Together”.

The pair appeared on a panel discussion in Davos, Switzerland. Source: Associated Press