By: Mira Kelley
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In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph's journalist Byony Gordon, Prince Harry gets personal about his depression and other mental health problems he's been battling over the past 20 years. When he was just 12 years old his mother (Princess Diana) passed away in a fatal accident and he marks this as the beginning of it all. This is when he learned to hide his true feelings and wear a mask. He told Gordon:
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well. I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”
This in addition to the pressures that came with being royalty and having spent time serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Army Air Corp have weighed heavily on him for years. Prince Harry says that he "suffered in silence". However, in the past few years he has finally found the strength and inspiration that he needed to get help. He gives a lot of credit to his brother Prince William for encouraging him to go and seek assistance and open up about the things on his mind. Prince Harry is enrolled in counseling and is involved with Heads Together (a nonprofit dealing with the same issues).
This just serves as another reminder of how important mental health is. If you ever thought you were alone in the struggle, you're not! Never be afraid to get help or speak out about things that are going on in your mind and know that you are surrounded by people and resources that are fully committed to serving you.