Taking a stand
Recently, mental health and mental illnesses have been a topic of discussion that Kate Middleton, NFL star Brandon Marshall, and now Prince William have all voiced their opinions on.
The prince spoke out about several subjects, such as how society teaches you to be quiet when in reality you should speak out about how you feel. He looks back on his time as a Search and Rescue Air Ambulance pilot and how it changed him, teaching him how to deal with feeling overwhelmed. We love that he took a stand and has sent a strong message on a topic all too often left in the dark.
For a good cause
During the Guild of Health Writers conference at Chandos House in London, Prince William said that it is important that we view mental health in the same way that we look at physical health. He says that instead of treating it as something that we need to help, people tend to look at the issues as a weakness, and that this outdated way of thinking has to stop.
Prince William said that up until recently, people who had anxiety were seen as weak, and people who were struggling to cope with it were looked at as failures.
“Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they. But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it,” he said. And his motivation to speak out and get the help we need is so important in a society that ignores diseases they can’t see.
He says that suicide is what spiked his interest the most, especially back when he was working as an Air Ambulance pilot. “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 40 in this country. Not cancer, not knife crime, not road deaths – suicide,” he explained. One shudders at the thought of not only all those lives lost to suicide, but of the millions more affected by such a loss.
But the most important point the prince made was about what we can all do to help those in need. Keep reading.