Prince Harry has criticized Britain’s rigid stance on mental health.
Hoping to change the dialogue, the Duke of Sussex patted California’s ‘I get my therapist to call your therapist’ mindset during a new podcast.
After returning from the Netherlands, where he staged the Invictus Games, Harry revealed how he became convinced of the importance of mental health after a visit to the military barracks in London.
There he witnessed a soldier ‘physically shaking’ and ‘suffering visibly’ as a result of PTSD.
Listening to the stories of soldiers, the royal said, ‘I began to realize that parts of my own history were mirrored or reflected in it’.
He spoke to the Masters of Scale with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman podcast, adding: ’99, 9% of people on planet Earth suffer from some form of loss, trauma or grief.
‘It does not matter what age you are, but most of us have experienced a lot of it in our younger years, which is why we have forgotten it.
‘Now, the body does not forget it, the body keeps the score, as we know.
‘And therefore, just as much as there is a mental health aspect to it, there is also the emotional aspect to it.
And I think the more we can talk about it, the more we understand it. The more we understand it, the more we understand each other. ‘
In his 20s, Harry developed panic attacks and has previously admitted to having self-medicated with alcohol and drugs to cope with the trauma of his mother’s death.
His wife Meghan Markle has also previously opened up about her depression and suicidal thoughts.
Sir. Hoffman, the host, described the “sometimes uphill battle” that the duke is said to have encountered while talking about mental health in Britain.
“You are absolutely right, Reid, in terms of the cultural differences, they are enormous,” Harry replied.
‘You’re talking about this in California,’ I’m getting my therapist to call your therapist.
‘While in the UK it is like,’ Therapist? Which therapist? If therapist? I do not have a therapist. No, I certainly do not, I have never talked to a therapist. ”
The Duke went on to suggest that there is a need for a change in people’s thinking from just coping with problems to getting on their ‘forefoot’ and becoming mentally ‘fit’.
He argued that PTSD should be renamed to replace ‘suffering’ with ‘injury’, allowing people to imagine that they will recover more easily from it instead of feeling ‘screwed up for the rest of their lives’. .
He said, ‘Instead of looking at going .. “I’m trying to survive”, or “Every single day I’m trying to make ends meet”, I think we need to change that completely.
‘And that’s what I mean by the difference between mental health and mental fitness, the mental fitness aspect is like,’ I do not want to wait for myself to become that, neither collapse on the floor nor wait to get a nervous breakdown or burnout and then have to fall on my friends or then have to pay X amount or find the money to afford professional help.
‘Mental fitness, as far as I understand it, is more a case of getting on the front foot. What can you do to be proactive, to prevent the situation from arising? ‘
Harry appeared on the podcast as the chief impact officer role for BetterUp, a coaching and mental health company.
His job, he said, was to ‘drive advocacy and awareness of mental fitness’.
Earlier this month, BetterUp announced that it is partnering with the Invictus Games Foundation to ‘become the official mental fitness coaching tool for international members of the Invictus community’.
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