Prince Harry has spent much of the last year urging people to be more open about mental health challenges. So it was only fitting that he would honor someone who has spoken up about the issue on Monday night.

Harry, 33, handed over the Speaking Out award at the ceremony, which recognizes the best portrayals of mental health across broadcast, print and digital media.

Run by a leading charity, the 24th Virgin Money Media Mind Media Awards highlights examples of good practice and people who have worked closely with program makers and journalists in the ongoing effort to improve representations of mental health and challenge stigma.

Upon arrival, the royal was greeted by his longtime friend Fearne Cotton, who is the Mind ambassador.

The award that Harry presented honored an individual who has experienced mental health problems and made an inspirational contribution.

“People seem ready for a different kind of conversation on mental health,” Harry said in a powerful speech. “Everyone was tired of stigma and scare stories around mental illness.”

“People are now really talking about their own well being and how to help those around them,” he continued. “We are shattering the since that was a real barrier to progress.”

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