Prince Harry feels better equipped to help a suicide now.
The 36-year-old king previously admitted he didn’t know how to react when his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex told him she wanted to end her life, but he understood what is most important to anyone in this position is “listening”.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey on a new bonus episode of her Apple TV + show, The Me You Can’t See, he said, “So many people are scared of being on the receiving end of this conversation [from a suicidal person] because they don’t feel they have the right tools to give the right advice.
“But what you want to say is, ‘You are there’. Listen, because listening and being part of this conversation is without a doubt the best first step you can take.”
The couple also reflected on what they had learned while filming the series and agreed that the best advice they could get was telling a suicidal person that they are “not alone”.
Harry also spoke to Glenn Close about the importance of being open about mental illness with one’s family. The prince admitted that he thought families felt “ashamed” when they realized they had missed a problem with someone they loved.
After the ‘Fatal Attraction’ star admitted that her family covered up a genetic history of mental illness and explained the shame that she didn’t know her sister had committed suicide, Harry said, “There’s an element of shame that we feel because we are like this “How could we not have seen it? How could we not have known? How did you not feel comfortable enough to share this with me? “” “
Elsewhere in the 90-minute episode, Harry had an open video link conversation with Robin Williams’ son Zak about how difficult it was for them to grieve their famous parents in the spotlight.
Harry – whose mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car accident in 1997 – said to Zak, “Your father was a real hero of mine. He brought so much joy and entertainment to so many people.”
Zak admitted he couldn’t properly mourn Robin’s 2014 suicide because of the public devastation.
He said, “From the time I passed, I didn’t have the opportunity to focus on the private mourning process until a year and a half after my father’s death.”
Harry agreed, “We have a lot of common experiences when you see so many people around the world grieving for someone who they think knows better than you for being unable to yourself to mourn. “
The prince, who has two-year-old son Archie and is expecting his second child with Meghan, believes climate change is inextricably linked to mental health and believes these are the two biggest problems facing the modern world.
He said, “The connecting line is about our collective well-being, and when our collective well-being deteriorates, it affects our ability to ultimately take care of ourselves, our communities and our planet.
“We have to create a more supportive culture for one another, in which challenges do not have to live in the dark, in which vulnerability is healthy and nurtured and in which, of course, physical and mental health can be treated equally because they are one.”