Today is World Mental Health Day! Every year on October 10th, World Mental Health Day is observed to raise awareness of mental health issues and rally efforts in support of mental health. It’s a day dedicated to talking about how a healthier mental health lifestyle can be achieved.
Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran have joined forces to show their support for World Mental Health Day in a video filmed inside Princess Eugenie’s Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.
In the short Instagram TV video, posted by Sussex Royal account, Prince Harry invites Sheeran into the cottage. They both talk about the important topic and why it needs to be discussed more. Harry says, “This for me is a subject and conversation which is just not talked about enough, I think people all over the world are really suffering.” Sheeran mentions that he is even trying to write a song that revolves around this issue. However, there seems to be a misinterpretation between the two as Sheeran jokes to the Prince that nobody understands what it’s like for ‘people like us’ – referring to the fact they are both red-headed.
Prince Harry clears up the misunderstanding by saying that he had invited the singer to his house to discuss World Mental Health Day. When Harry explains the miscommunication, the camera focuses on Sheeran deleting the words “Gingers United” from a presentation on this laptop.
Despite the comedic angle of the video, the pair ends it on a serious note. Prince Harry says, “Guys this World Mental Health Day, reach out, make sure your friends, strangers look out for anyone who might be suffering in silence; we’re all in this together.”
Mental health has become a high priority for Prince Harry’s philanthropic work. He founded the Heads Together campaign with Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge in 2017. In his recent tour in South Africa with The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, much of their work also revolved around raising awareness for mental health.
These two royal couples also teamed up to launch a new campaign called #EveryMindMatters. The mission, by Public Health England in partnership with the NHS, aims to “help people take simple steps to look after their mental health,” a tweet from Kensington Palace said.
Public Health England, in partnership with the NHS, have launched #EveryMindMatters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. pic.twitter.com/eAirA6pIpB
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 7, 2019
Kensington Palace also tweeted outlets that provide support for those in need, emphasizing that “No-one should go through a crisis alone.”
No-one should go through a crisis alone.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 10, 2019
Every year there is one central topic discussed. This year, the World Federation for Mental Health chose suicide prevention as the main focus of this year’s event. If you’re ever a bad place, just remember you’re not alone. There are people who care and truly want to help.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255