While the world still finds it difficult to cope with the trauma of the sudden demise of Princess Diana of Wales after a fatal car crash in Paris in 1997, there’s a lot more about this incident that was under wraps till date. The extent of trauma and pain faced by Princess Diana’s entire family, especially her two sons, was not known to many until last month when Prince Harry opened up about how this loss affected his life and mental health and how he had to take therapy to recover.
Following in the footsteps of his younger brother, Prince William, 34, also recently talked candidly about the effect this traumatic event had on his life, his mental health and the sadness and void that continue to stay in his life for long.
Prince William lived in despair for 20 years
Prince William revealed that it took him 20 long years to be in a position to be able to talk openly about his mother and remember her. He further said, “I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.”
Prince William expressed his views on the importance of stability in one’s family and said that he wants his children to grow in a happy, stable and secure world. He wants his son to move out of the palace walls and live life like a normal person and not like a member of the royal family.
Prince William on mental illnesses
Prince William has always felt very strongly about mental health. This became even more evident when he, along with his wife Kate and brother Harry, launched the mental health campaign “Heads Together.” This campaign is backed by The Royal Foundation, in partnership with YoungMinds and seven other charities.
Unveiling the purpose behind the ongoing campaign, Prince William said, “Smashing the taboo is our biggest aim. We cannot go anywhere much until that is done. People can’t access services till they feel less ashamed, so we must tackle the taboo, the stigma, for goodness sake, this is the 21st century.”
It has been really shocking for Prince William to find people with mental illnesses living in fear. A firm believer in communicating about these issues, he is surprised to know that families find it difficult to talk about these illnesses even behind closed doors.
Seeking help for mental illnesses
Mental health issues have always been a concern since these not only affect an individual’s day-to-day life but also his/her professional, family and social life. It is important to talk about your mental health. As Prince William has been saying “shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations.”
Talking about mental health can help shun the stigmas around mental illnesses so that these are diagnosed at the right time and the right help in the form of medications, counseling sessions or both, can be sought and provided.
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