Missy posts on Price Harry and his revelations about his struggles with mental health since the death of his mother Princess Diana:
Over the last few years I have noticed more and more that Prince Harry has been supporting and promoting Mental Health Charities, one of which he supports along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Heads Together.
Today we may have received a glimpse into part of the reason. In an exclusive with the Telegraph – that has been picked up by other news outlets – Prince Harry opened up about his issues after the death of his Mother, and how he had difficulty dealing with it. He disclosed that he was close to a breakdown on a number of occasions and it wasn’t until his late 20’s that he finally sought counselling for it, with the encouragement of his brother. One of the symptons he displayed was aggression, and he turned to boxing as an outlet for this, and he said that the boxing saved him.
There had been speculation that Prince Harry suffered Mental Health issues from his time in Afghanistan, but he says this is not the case, and it was dealing with the very public death of his mother that really affected him. He indicates that it was through talking to soldiers who suffer Mental Health issues that he started to realise he needed help.
The interview is the first in a podcast series for the Telegraph, and is 30mins long.
I haven’t heard it all, but there has been widespread praise for Prince Harry to be so open about his issues with Mental Health problems, and seeking help to deal with his feelings and grief. There is hope that this will go a long way to help de-stigmatise Mental Health issues in the UK.
Two of the charities that Prince Harry publicly supports for Mental Health are:
In NZ the Mental Health Foundation is a good starting point:
I should note, this is a personal thing for me, many years ago a friend of our family suffering depression committed suicide, and only last year someone I used to work with also committed suicide. In the case of both of them their families and loved ones were unaware of their problems and suffering as neither had talked to anyone.
I just want to say that if anyone on here, or anyone you know, is going through a rough patch I hope that you either have someone you can talk to, or are someone they can talk to. Sometimes that is all that is needed – to talk. #oktosay (heads together hashtag – but relevant for all).
New Yorker has a profile of Prince Harry’s father, which shows the extraordinary pressure put on members of the royal family, especially on the heir to the throne.
WHERE PRINCE CHARLES WENT WRONG
The Prince of Wales makes himself most unpopular when he tries hardest to be a worthy heir to the throne.