Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Encourage People to Focus on Mental Health in this ‘New Normal’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a moment this weekend to shed light on an issue close to their hearts.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got real about mental health on their shared @SussexRoyal Instagram and encouraged the public to focus on self-care during these difficult times. The couple offered some tips on how to deal with isolation and pointed out that it doesn’t have to mean loneliness, even during social distancing.
They shared a graphic on their joint page that read, “Today I feel [blank],” and touched on a number of mental health resources we can all utilize.
“With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in,” they admitted in the caption. “Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared...and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things.”
The 38-year-old duchess and 35-year-old duke noted, “Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it.”
But they were quick to remind people that even during these uncertain times, there are things we can all do to combat loneliness.
They named resources like Crisis Text Line, Give us a Shout, Kids Help Phone and CTL Ireland, all of which offer virtual counseling through text. While they encouraged people in need of mental health support to use these services, they added that each organization is seeking volunteers to help others.
The couple also wrote, “If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counselors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence.”
They concluded their message by reminding us all that reaching out to friends, family and others who are important to us via phone and video “are such a great way to feel more connected.” They went on: “Ask if they’re okay, tell them how you’re (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer. If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life.”
Mental health has been a cause at the core of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s platform for some time and it’s inspiring to see them offering a message of hope to those struggling during this time of social distancing.