Oprah and Harry have collaborated to create the AppleTV+ programme The Me You Can’t See, which will drop tomorrow. The Prince will open up about the trauma he experienced from the death of his mother Princess Diana and how he has been in therapy for four years. There will also be contributions from other celebrities like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close and discussions around the stigma of mental health.
She wrote in 2016: “In recent years, I’ve come face-to-face with mental illness, as several people close to me were hospitalised with severe suicidal depression, and manic and schizophrenic thoughts.
“More than once I’ve sat in the psych ward waiting to hear the diagnosis.
“Before this, I was certainly aware of mental illness ‒ I’d read about it, and done shows on the horrors that can happen when we look away rather than deal with the disease.
“I didn’t fully understand it, though.
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“Mental illness is real. And like everything else in life, it operates on a spectrum.
“Though there are common symptoms, everyone experiences it differently.
“Yet so many people live in shame, hiding their struggles, not seeking help.”
Oprah added that the “only real shame is on us” for not being willing to speak openly and for denying that mental health is related to overall health.
She called on her readers to start talking about their psychological wellbeing.
This message has similarities to the work that Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge did with their Heads Together Campaign.
The three royals encouraged people to start talking about their mental health in their joint project.
Meghan Markle admitted in her interview with Oprah earlier this year that she had been experiencing suicidal thoughts when she was pregnant with Archie.
She accused the institution of the Royal Family of not helping her when she needed it most.
Meanwhile, Harry said he did not tell his family about Meghan’s struggle because he was “ashamed” to admit she was not coping.
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The Me You Can’t See comes out on AppleTV+ tomorrow.