Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are paving the way for a new outlook on mental health. In their new virtual town hall, an addition to docuseries The Me You Can't See, the Duke of Sussex made poignant remarks about helping someone with suicidal thoughts.
- The Me You Can't See, a five-part series that premiered on May 21, followed up with a town hall on May 28 that aims to take the project's mental health discussions one step further.
- In the town hall, Prince Harry speaks candidly about helping someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
- In other royal news, Kate Middleton's pink dress is making headlines for this sentimental reason.
The emotional docuseries is essential viewing and promotes frank conversations about emotional wellbeing. In The Me You Can't See town hall, Harry stepped into difficult territory by discussing helping someone who has thoughts about suicide. This follows his wife Meghan Markle's struggle with suicidal thoughts two years ago.
"So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation because they don't feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice," he said. "But what you [want] to say is you're there. Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is without doubt the best first step that you can take."
Things grew serious in 2019 when Meghan was six months pregnant with the couple's first child, Archie. On one particular occasion, she and Prince Harry were pictured attending a premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke of Sussex has since revealed that earlier that evening, his wife revealed that she had considered taking her own life, due to mounting stress concerning The Firm and hurtful tabloid articles.
"Meghan decided to share with me the suicidal thoughts and the practicalities of how she was going to end her life,” he revealed in a heartbreaking interview for The Me You Can't See.
While the topic is certainly not an easy one, it appears that Prince Harry and Oprah are making progress in changing the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness. The five-part series is considered Apple TV+'s most-watched program since its debut.
If you or someone you know is struggling, have a look at these mental health and emotional wellbeing resources, which the Archewell Foundation, Harry and Meghan's nonprofit, has gathered for readers and remind yourself and loved ones that no one is alone in their struggle.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 in the US, or Samaritans on 116 123 in the UK.
Danielle is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. When she's not working, you can find her experimenting with new recipes or sitting on the couch with a good book and a cup of coffee.
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