Prince Harry Is Supporting Trans Youth With His Mental Health Work

by Thea Glassman
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Prince Harry is showing his support for a trans youth organization

Need yet another reason to love Prince Harry? Well, we’ve got it for you. The royal has been on a mission to spread awareness about mental health – and now he’s expanding his fight to include trans youth.

Prince Harry met with the non-profit Mermaids, which supports transgender and gender-diverse children, according to a report from The Telegraph. He wanted to applaud the “important” work that the organization does, a gesture that could have a significant impact on the kids involved.

“I think it’s always really important to young people to see that people with the authority and credibility that Prince Harry has are supporting them and are listening and acknowledging the fact that they exist,” Mermaids CEO Susie Green said. “This is somebody who has got that profile who’s showing clear understanding of the issues they’re facing.”

The prince invited Green to attend a meeting for Heads Together, which is a non-profit managed by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She told The Telegraph that being included at the table was “quite heartening, bearing in mind that there is such controversy and we are attacked regularly.”

Later, the organization took to Twitter to thank Prince Harry for his “unwavering support” of young people and his dedication to speaking openly about mental health.

Harry’s mission to promote a healthy, positive state of mind is going beyond his work in the UK. The prince teamed up with Oprah to create an Apple documentary series that focuses entirely on mental health and opens up an “honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces,” according to a statement via Kensington Palace.

“Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better,” Harry said.

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Oprah said that the two held secret meetings to develop the project together (editorial side note: what a dream team right there).

“Our hope is that it will have an impact on reducing the stigma and allowing people to know that they are not alone, allowing people to speak up about it and being able to identify it for themselves and in their friends,” Winfrey said

So, so much applause for people who use their massive platforms to spread messages of positivity and highlight the struggles of marginalized communities.