The royals have always been vocal about mental health issues and now their championing is taking center stage, as Prince Harry airs his views on mental health in an interview on Good Morning America.
In a chat with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, Prince Harry discussed the negative stereotypes that follow veterans with mental health conditions. He was spot on. According to the prince, “The stigma surrounding it is a massive issue, I want to re-emphasize the point to people that mental illness is not a ticking time bomb.”
The prince also talked about the Invictus Games, a sporting event he hosts for wounded veterans, which will take place in Orlando, Fla. this May. He put the event in motion in 2014 as a way to garner awareness and participation for military members and their families.
As a former serviceman in the British Armed Forces, veteran health is an deeply personal issue to the prince. An approximate 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder. And it doesn’t just inflict those serving as an estimated one in four people worldwide will go through a mental health issue at some point in their life.
“Psychological illnesses can be fixed if sorted out early enough,” he told Roberts. “We’ve got to keep the issue at the forefront of people’s minds ... just talking about it makes all the difference.”
We absolutely agree with the prince. Let us know your thoughts on the issue in the comment section below. Watch Prince Harry’s “Good Morning America” interview below: