Duke of Sussex hits out at British attitudes towards mental health

The Duke of Sussex has criticized the British reluctance to talk about needing counselling, instead praising California’s “I’ll get my therapist to call your therapist” mentality.

The Duke, speaking on a podcast about mental health, said the cultural differences between the UK and US are “tremendous”, as he urged the public to get on the “front foot” to prevent burnout.

Saying “99.9 per cent of people on planet Earth are suffering from some form of loss, trauma, or grievance”, he warned the body “doesn’t forget” emotional damage of childhood and argued: “The more we understand it, the more we understand each other.”

The Duke made a “cameo” appearance on the Masters of Scale podcast to talk about BetterUp, the mental health app he works for as his chief impact officer.

‘Uphill battle’

Reid Hoffman, the podcast host, described the “sometimes an uphill battle” the Duke is said to have faced while talking about mental health in the UK.

“You’re absolutely right, Reid, about the cultural differences, they’re immense,” said Harry.

“You talk about it here in California, ‘I’ll get my therapist to call your therapist’.

“Whereas in the UK it’s like, ‘Therapist? What therapist? Whose therapist? I don’t have a therapist. No, I definitely don’t, I’ve never spoken to a therapist.’”

In the same episode, the Duke disclosed how he became convinced of the importance of mental health after visiting a military barracks in London where a soldier was “physically shaking” and “visibly suffering” as a result of PTSD.

Listening to the stories of servicemen, he said, “I started to realize parts of my own story were being mirrored or reflected in that”.

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