It’s good to see my old friend Prince Harry once again getting involved with mental health matters, this time leading the #EveryMindMatters campaign. He’s teamed with his wife Meghan Markle, as well as his brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton on an issue that clearly matters a great deal to them. God bless the royal family.
They’ve made a video, too, that will be shown on telly tonight. This is part of it:
Prince William: “Everyone knows that feeling, when life gets on top of us. All over the country, millions of us face challenges to our mental health – at all ages – at all intensities, and for all sorts of reasons. We feel stressed, low, anxious, or have trouble sleeping. Me, you…”
Prince Harry: “…your brother, your mother, your colleague, or your neighbour. Waiting, wondering, hoping, hurting. We think there’s nothing to be done. Nothing we can do about it.”
Meghan: “But that’s so wrong. There are things we can do. From today, there’s a new way to help turn things around. Every Mind Matters will show you simple ways to look after your mental health.”
Kate: “It’ll get you started with a free online plan designed to help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control.”
It’s part of a campaign to help people recognise the early symptoms of poor mental health and to address it. This might not sound like much, but believe me it is.
We have all developed coping mechanisms which are often anything but. Some people smoke more, others drink more (hello?), they eat unhealthily (hello again) and they avoid social situations (hello, it’s me). These are just the ‘normal’ coping mechanisms. There comes a point when people can self-harm or have suicidal thoughts. I would describe these as can’t cope mechanisms.
Nothing against the older royals, but it makes much more sense for this initiative to come from the younger ones. After all, when the Queen and Prince Phillip were young, mental health was not a thing, even though it obviously was. Until the last couple of decades or so, you were expected to ‘man up’ or ‘pull yourself together’. Harry, Meghan, William and Kate give the campaign instant credibility, not just because of their royal positions, but because of what they have been through. Harry, in particular, has been far more candid than your average royal with his openness about the death of his mother Princess Diana. That is to say, he absolutely gets it.
Of course, just because a few royals and some celebs support a campaign like #EveryMindMatters does not mean attitudes will change. Not all of them, anyway. Although I cannot speak for all employers, I have come across varying levels of empathy and support along the way, ranging from excellent care and nothing. If things have improved over the years, we still have a mighty long way to go.
Finally, my old friend Harry. When I say ‘my old friend’, I mean to say that I know someone who is related to someone who knows him and I am told what you see is what you get. He lost his mother at a tragically young age, he fought in Afghanistan (yes, he really did) and he has had the compassion to support many good causes including the wonderful Invictus Games and #EveryMindMatters.
The red top media doesn’t give a toss about Harry and believes it can say and do anything it likes. I salute his immense courage and strength in taking on the billionaires who poison our great nation and I sincerely hope he comes out on top.
We need people like Prince Harry, a member of the royal family who, bizarrely though it might seem, stands up to the real establishment. I fear that sooner or later we will lose him to America because the media barons will not take what has happened to them lying down.
He’s doing stuff that make people’s lives better. He believes #EveryMindMatters. We can’t have people like him in 21st century Britain.