Prince Harry stated for years he pushed the pain away before understanding he required help.
But now he has been speaking to promote knowledge about mental health.
Britain’s Prince Harry has confessed that he sought counseling four years ago to deal with the pain of losing his mother, Princess Diana.
In a frank interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, the fifth in line to the throne said the death of his mother at such a tender age had led to a period of total chaos.
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well,” he told The Telegraph in a podcast interview.
Prince Harry said he sought expert guidance at the age of 28 after enduring “two years of total chaos. I didn’t know what was wrong with me.”
“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand. Refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help? It’s only going to make you sad. It’s not going to bring her back,” he said.
The Princess of Wales died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. Her unexpected passing sent shock waves throughout the world and plunged Britain into a time of grief.
Known as the people’s princess, Diana married Prince Charles in a sumptuous service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in 1981, and she gave birth to son William in 1982, and his brother Harry in 1984.
The younger Prince has at times grappled with the press attention. Five years after his mother’s passing, at the age of 16, his father sent him to a drug rehab center for a day after he admitted to heavy drinking and using cannabis.
He later had a thriving occupation in the British Army before leaving in July 2015.
Prince Harry informed the Telegraph that he elbowed aside his emotions for years before recognizing that they had to be faced.
“From an emotional side, I was like ‘right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything.’ So, I was a typical sort of 20-, 25-, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great, or life is fine,'” he continued.
“Then I started to have a few conversations and then, all of a sudden, all of this grief that I’d never processed came to the forefront. I was like, ‘there’s actually a lot of stuff here I need to deal with.'”
Prince Harry did the interview to boost his mental health charity, Heads Together, and encourage people to be more open with their personal feelings and struggles.
He explained how his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, pushed him to seek professional guidance.
He stated the stress of being in the public eye caused him to be “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”
Presently, because of the process, he has been through, Prince Harry stated that he believes he’s in “a good place.”
Nevertheless, not everyone that has mental health difficulties ends up in a good place since everybody’s mental health is different, and their difficulties are not all the same. Some people with mental health difficulties have really unusual behaviors since we are all individuals with difficulties that need various interactions.
Coping with depression, or coping with grief, is different from somebody coping with ways to manage their Asperger’s Syndrome, or Bi-Polar, Tourettes, Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder, and there are much more that could be appended to the list.
We wake up and it’s an ordinary day, but not all people are ordinary. Some are more memorable than others, some are more unusual than others, though we are all unique in our own small way.
Picture your next door neighbor, we will name him Bob and he’s a car mechanic. Bob’s neighbor is called Sam and he works for the government, and next to Sam is William and he works in a bakery down the road.
Remember we are all different in our own little ways, so imagine that Bob is grief, and Sam is troubled and then we have William who is confused. They are all separate, from various walks of life and consequently will not be managed in the same way when it comes to Mental Health.
In fact, some of them won’t be helped at all because of the NHS shortage of funding, and the reality that there are more people with Mental Health difficulties than ever before. It might all appear a little tiresome, but the fact is, it’s a genuine problem, and most hospitals are not equipped to deal with the influx of Mental Health patients.
Therefore, many are assigned to counseling to dispense with the rush, and some don’t even get as far as that, they are simply advised by their doctors to pop some tablets, and then perhaps they might get seen by Mental Health.
More frequently, for the more severe cases of Mental Health patients those medicines that are given out by the doctor don’t help the patient or is not the best medicine for that patient, and more often than not, their manifestations either don’t get any better or make them worse.
Most Mental Health patients don’t even get to see a Mental Health doctor and start thinking that it’s their fault which makes them depressed and often self-destructive.
There are a lot of Mental Health patients, particularly those with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome that simply want somebody to talk to about how they feel and how their situation affects them, so they are assigned to a self-help group where a crowd of sufferers talks about their problems. However people with Autism and Asperger’s can’t do group gatherings, therefore they require 1-1 help, which isn’t easily accessible.
We appear to have drop-in centers for people with drug problems, and we appear to have drop-in centers for people with Alcohol misuse but we don’t appear to have drop-in centers for people with Mental Health issues.
What are these people supposed to do? They are the ones suffering and the government can cover it up as much as they want, but things will only get worse. They require quality of life and at the moment they are not getting it and they might have their own slight peculiarities, but they are not crazy, they have a Mental Health problem that must be addressed.
William and Harry are at the vanguard of this problem that needs to be greeted with open arms, and if William and Harry actually value the field of Mental Health and want to help out, then they must help out in all fields of Mental Health and go the distance like their mother would have done.