Prince Harry says the COVID pandemic has made the world aware of the importance of mental health after millions of people struggled with their psychological well-being amid a lockdown.
The former Royal made the comment on a bonus episode to his Apple + TV series, The Me You Don’t See, saying, “ Pre-COVID, there was probably a ‘us and them’ situation when it came to mental illness. Now I think it’s just ‘us’.
The episode, which was released Thursday, featured a performance by actress Glenn Close, who was in full agreement with Prince Harry.
“We’ve been through an unprecedented time … we are now in a transforming world,” she said.
Close told Harry that the global shift caused by COVID-19 is “as big as 9/11” was. However, she stated it would take time for people to come to terms with the pandemic’s impact on their mental well-being.
The Fatal Attraction actress urged viewers to stay tuned in to their mental health as the world re-opens up.
“Take time in solitude and silence to find out how you have changed and how it has affected your view of the world,” she pleaded.
Prince Harry Says COVID Pandemic Woke The World To The Sake Of Mental Health After Millions Of People Struggled With Their Psychological Well-Being Amid Lockdowns
Harry also stated that the pandemic has made people more aware of the complexities of mental health, recognizing that there are nuances beyond “psychologically well” or “psychologically unwell.”
“ So many people around the world seem to think ‘it’s nothing’ or ‘it’s mental illness,’ but this area in between is where we all are, ” he said.
The resident of Montecito also stressed the importance of ‘improving and investing in preventive care’.
California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris argued for similar things while performing in the episode.
She stated that just as people became aware of the preventive measures to stop COVID, society should similarly focus on preventive measures to make people feel their best.
“It’s not just about getting the right treatments,” she said, adding that there must be constant attention to “mental hygiene.”
“We have been through an unprecedented time … we are now in a transforming world,” said Close
Elsewhere in the episode, Harry bonded with Robin Williams’ son, Zak, who also made a guest appearance on the program.
“Your father was a real hero of mine,” Harry cooed after Zak joined the show via video connection. “He has brought so much joy and entertainment to so many people.”
The former Royal noted that both he and Zak were unable to mourn the death of their famous parents in the midst of so much publicity.
Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, sparking an international outpouring of grief similar to Princess Diana’s untimely death in 1997.
Zak candidly explained about his father’s death, explaining that he felt a division between his private emotions and the collective public grief that was taking place.
“From my end, it was only a year and a half after my father passed away that I had the opportunity to focus on the private grieving process,” he said.
Harry agreed, saying, “We have a lot of shared experiences when you see so many people around the world mourning someone who they think they knew better than you because you are unable to grieve yourself.”
Prince Harry has a bond with Robin Williams’ son Zak on a bonus episode of his Apple + TV series, The Me You Can’t See, released Thursday night. The Royal noted that it was interesting that both he and Zak were unable to mourn the deaths of their famous parents in the midst of so much publicity.
Harry and Zak bonded through the unusual experience that one of their universally loved parents died tragically. Harry and Princess Diana are depicted on the left in 1995; Zak and Robin Williams can be seen on the right in 2012
Elsewhere on the bonus episode, actress Glenn Close appeared and said it was important to talk openly about mental health issues with family members.
Close admitted that her family hid a genetic history of mental illness, then she was embarrassed not realizing that her sister was feeling suicidal.
Harry agreed, saying, “There’s an element of shame we feel for saying, ‘How could we not have seen it? How could we not have known that? How did you not feel comfortable enough to share that with me? ”
It appears that Harry is digging up with the royal family, whom he has previously accused of ignoring mental health problems.
On an earlier episode of The Me You Can’t See, Harry confessed that he didn’t know how to respond when his wife Meghan Markle told him she was suicidal because his family had not had candid conversations about their well-being.
“ I’m a little ashamed of the way I handled it, ” Harry revealed when Meghan said she wanted to kill herself in January 2019.
And of course, because of the system we were in and the responsibilities and duties that we had, we had to hug and then change to jump into a convoy with police escort and drive to the Royal Albert. Room for a charity event. Then step into a wall of cameras and pretend everything is okay. ‘
Actress Glenn Close also appeared and said it was important to talk openly about mental health issues and suicidal thoughts
Harry and Meghan are pictured on January 16, 2019 – the night she told him she was suicidal
In the new bonus episode, Harry told Oprah – with whom he produced the docuseries – that he now feels better equipped to respond to someone who tells him they want to end their own life.
So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation [from a suicidal person] because they don’t feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice, ‘said Harry.
‘But what you want to say is,’ You’re here. ‘ Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is without a doubt the best first step you can take. ‘
Harry and Oprah also reflected on what they had learned while filming the show and agreed that the best advice they were given was to tell a suicidal person that they are ‘not alone’.
Prince Harry has spoken candidly about how he handled learning that Meghan Markle was suicidal on a new episode of his Apple + TV series
Meanwhile, Harry also stated that he believes that climate change is inseparable from mental health, and that these are the two biggest problems facing the modern world.
“The connecting line is about our collective wellbeing and when our collective wellbeing erodes, it affects our ability to ultimately care for ourselves, our communities and our planet,” he said.
“We need to create a more supportive culture for each other where challenges don’t have to live in the dark, where vulnerability is healthy and encouraged and, of course, where physical and mental health can be treated equally because they are one.”
The release of the bonus episode of The Me You Can’t See on Thursday night comes just hours after Harry appeared in a new mental health video campaign promoting “ mental fitness. ”
Prince Harry backed the Peak State organization, saying to viewers of the campaign video, “Peak State is committed to building a global community that understands the importance of mental fitness and feels empowered to achieve it.”
Peak State is a new social enterprise founded by two Invictus Games medalists, David Wiseman and Nathan Jones, who have both recovered from serious injuries sustained while serving in the British Army.
The bonus episode also featured conversations with mental health experts, who also discussed suicide