When one of the world's most charismatic, fun-loving, and inspirational young men admits that he needed help and someone to talk to, this is surely a watershed for all rough 'n tough men to give themselves the permission to follow suit.
One of the world's most familiar faces - Prince Harry, a cheeky smile, sometimes living life rather exuberantly, yet beneath it all, the turmoil, anxiety and heartache which he has been living with for 20 years was eating away at him. Even with the ongoing support of his brother trying to encourage him to seek guidance, his issues kept burdening him, with him burying them deep beneath the surface.
Suppression of anxiety is an all too common issue which plagues men, especially those under 46 (where suiciding is the greatest cause of death - higher than cancer, higher than anything else you can name). Down in Cornwall, we are hit even harder, where figures have shown that the male suicide rate is the highest in the UK. Despite this, time and time again, we hear of young men, who have bottled things up, perhaps even knew where to turn, but chose not to, for what ever reason - perhaps being open to our emotions is still heavily stigmatised.
At Serenity, we are working with MIND to help them awareness and much needed funds in their campaign to help, to lend an ear, and to save lives. At the same time, for those who are very much in peril, we are also working with Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, staffed by volunteers who help those on the rugged Cornwall coastline.
In memory of a very good friend, we have put together an event featuring his much loved brass band music, entitled Bandtastic. A key message throughout the evening is urging people to talk when they need help, as well as urging people to talk to those who they suspect may be in need of help.
The name of the initiative supported by Prince Harry 'Heads Together' aims to end the stigma around mental health in the UK.
We all struggle with our mental health at times, and we can all need help - whether over the loss of a job, relationship breakdown, disappointing exam results, depression or anxiety. Friends and family can be a great first response, but sometimes they don't know how to help, or we feel alone. The good news is that there is always someone to turn to and many of the Heads Together partners run confidential helplines and online services.
For anyone experiencing a mental health problem:
Mind. Call: 0300 123 3393, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 86463
For under 25s
The Mix. Call: 0808 808 4994 or visit themix.org.uk for the free app
For parents or carers
YoungMinds. Call: 0808 802 5544 or visit youngminds.org.uk/parentshelpline
Calm. Call: 0808 58 58 58 or visit thecalmzone.net
For veterans and family members
Contact. Call Help for Heroes (part of Contact) on 0808 2020 144 or Combat Stress on 0800 138 1619, text: 07537404719 or email: email@example.com
Prince Harry, we salute you!
The Prince says in an interview with The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help.