Prince Harry revealed that he sought counselling after 20 years of bottling the grief over the death of his mother. His act of seeking out help then bravely admitting his struggle in public was praised by mental health experts.
In an interview with the Telegraph Prince Harry said,
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything is coming to you from every angle.”
Transforming Pain into Courage
President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Sir Simon Wessely, said that the prince has achieved more in his 25-minute interview than Sir Wessely’s 25-year career. Aside from Sir Wessely, various heads of mental health institutions praised Prince Harry’s act of opening up. According to them, it is a turning point where society would talking about mental health.
The prime minister also praised Prince Harry for his honesty saying,
“Mental health problems affect people of all ages and all backgrounds. The bravery of those in public positions who speak out about their experiences…will help thousands of people to realize they are not alone.”
She also said that this act would help the stigma around mental health.
Bryony Gordon, the person who interviewed the prince said,
“He has taken something massively negative and he’s turning it into a positive.”