Do you ever find yourself answering the words 'I'm fine' when asked how you're feeling (even though you may be feeling utterly down about yourself) for fear that the next question will lead to you having to engage with how you're actually feeling and therefore make it all become real that you're not really fine at all? We've all been there, I certainly have and so has Prince Harry.
In a recent podcast he gives a very frank and honest interview about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, how it affected him and the support he received through talking therapies such as counselling, to help him understand why he was not always feeling 'fine'. By sticking his head very publicly above the parapet he is helping to lift the lid on mental health and bringing it to the forefront in the hope that it will encourage many more people to do the same. This is a massive step forward for our mental health which is just as important as our physical health.
Taking to Bryant Gordon he says, "What we are trying to do is normalise the conversation to the point where anyone can sit down and have a coffee and just go ‘you know what, I’ve had a really s--- day, can I just tell you about it? Because then you walk away and it’s done."
You can listen to Prince Harry's podcast in full here:
Here at Haelan we also understand that is ok not to be ok...and that it is also ok to put your head above the parapet and let people know you're not ok....and even more than that it is also very ok to seek support to help you understand why you're not always ok. If this resonates with you, please be in touch with us to find out how our therapies including Transformational Coaching and Equine Facilitated Coaching can help support you too.