Prince Harry opens up on ‘shame’ families feel for failing loved ones over mental health

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The Duke was speaking on the final episode of the Apple TV+ docuseries ‘The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward that aired on Thursday. The episode took the form of a virtual town hall and included the participation of Glenn Close. The Hollywood actress and the Duke discussed how family members often feel when they learn that their loved ones are suffering from mental health issues.

Harry said: “As parents, as siblings, certainly from what I’ve learned – there’s an element of shame we feel, because we’re like, how could we not have seen it?

“How did we not know? How did you not feel comfortable enough to come to me and share that with me?

“But we all know, when people are suffering and people are struggling, that we’re all incredibly good at covering it up for those that know that we’re covering it up.”

In a previous episode, Harry described how he learned about the extent of Meghan’s depression, when she decided to tell him about her suicidal thoughts.

Harry told Oprah Winfrey: “I’m somewhat ashamed of the way that I dealt with them [the thoughts].

“I was ashamed that it got this bad. I was ashamed to go to my family.”

During Thursday’s final episode, the Duke elaborated on how to deal with people who may be contemplating taking their own life.

He emphasised the importance of telling that person “you’re not alone”.

“So many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation, because they don’t feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice,” he said.

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“But what you [want] to say is you’re there.

“Listen, because listening and being part of that conversation is without doubt the best first step that you can take.”

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