"He hopes it will help de-stigmatize bullying issues in schools," his spokesman tells PEOPLE

By Simon Perry
September 18, 2015 03:35 PM
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Prince William is tackling bullying in schools – for a charity in his late mother’s name.

On Monday, William, 33, will take part in a training day on the problems facing kids over cyberbullying and LGBT bullying.

Young people trained by the non-profit Diana Award organization identify bullying and share practical tips on prevention.

A Kensington Palace spokesman tells PEOPLE that William has been especially interested in the group’s Ambassadors program: He visited Diana Award Ambassadors in South Shields, northeast England, in 2013. “He hopes it will help de-stigmatize bullying issues in schools,” his spokesman says.

“He particularly likes the idea of a peer-led support network to prevent any child or young person suffering in silence,” adds his spokesman. “And that’s what he’s keen to see in action on Monday.”

Part of that is a “high five” – identifying five people a child can go to for help. William is expected to observe and take part in the workshops.

Monday’s visit to a school in Hammersmith, West London, is in line with an issue that he and Princess Kate have been jointly championing: the emotional and mental well-being of young people. Last month, a palace source told PEOPLE that the issue “is an area which the Duke is starting to explore as to whether he can help in any way in that sector, while recognizing that there are an awful lot of people doing a lot of great work around it already.”

And on Thursday, Kate kicked off her autumn of royal outings by visiting a mental health charity and school.

The Diana Award has been running an anti-bullying campaign since the start of the school term, as that is when feelings of anxiety are often at their highest.

There are currently more than 16,000 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors trained by The Diana Award in 3,000 schools across the U.K. and Ireland.

The charity’s chief executive, Tessy Ojo says, “Through our training, mentoring and development programs, we empower and motivate young people to create lifelong positive social changes in their communities.”

For William and advocates as well, the message is that children do not stay quiet if they are struggling.

“The latest statistics highlight how vital it is to empower young people to speak out and seek support if they are experiencing bullying. We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of the Duke of Cambridge and his understanding that no one should suffer in silence,” Ojo said in a statement.

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