Princes and Lady Gaga tackle stigma around mental health issues

Prince William has joined forces with Lady Gaga in the first of a series of videos, #oktosay,  aimed at changing public perceptions of stress and mental health problems. The Prince approached the singer after she revealed that she has suffered from PTSD for five years: In her interview with William she talks about her decision to speak openly about her diagnosis, and the power of communication in overcoming feelings of shame and stigma.

The Prince has first-hand experience of mental health issues in his own family following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. His brother, Prince Harry, recently disclosed in a podcast for the Telegraph that he shut down his emotions for around 20 years, before seeking counselling at the age of 28 after “two years of chaos” during which he struggled with anger and anxiety and felt close to breakdown.

 

Stress, anxiety and depression, grief and trauma can affect any one of us at any time. We welcome these interviews: The more public figures speak out about their own struggles with mental health, the sooner perceptions will change, and the easier it will be for people to seek the help that they need.