Mental health charities see surge in calls after Prince Harry opens up about mother's death

The Prince says he sought professional help to process the loss of his mother

Monday 24 April 2017 00:51
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Mental health charities have seen a surge in the number of people contacting them after Prince Harry revealed his personal struggles over the death of his mother.

The Prince spoke about the difficulties he faced dealing with the incident in an interview with The Daily Telegraph and revealed he had sought professional help.

Charities have since reported an increase in the number of people using their services, which Prince Harry said was the reason behind his decision to speak out.

The Mix, a charity which supports under 25s, said there had been a 43 per cent rise in people using their online services.

CALM, a mental health charity aimed at men, saw website traffic double following Prince Harry's remarks.

And Mind, another mental health charity, said the number of calls it received on its information line had increased 38 per cent, according to the Telegraph.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said ordinary members of the public were more likely to reach out if famous people spoke about their own problems.

“It’s inspiring to see Prince Harry speaking out about his experiences. It shows how far we have come in changing public attitudes to mental health that someone so high-profile can open up about something so difficult and personal”, he told the Telegraph.

"We know that this has had a huge impact on people who are still struggling in silence with their mental health. Every time someone in the public eye speaks up we know that it encourages ordinary members of the public to do the same”.

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