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.”
“They are on the front line of mental health work in the UK.” https://t.co/AUu4CcRWLM
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) April 24, 2019
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.
Thanks to @heads_together for organising such an amazing event and to Prince Harry @KensingtonRoyal for his unwavering support of young people and promotion of positive mental health and well-being.https://t.co/XAd4qJ4cVu
— Mermaids (@Mermaids_Gender) April 23, 2019
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.
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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive. This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex’s long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve. His Royal Highness has spent many years working with communities throughout the UK and young people across the Commonwealth to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and broaden the conversation of mental wellness to accelerate change for a more compassionate, connected and positive society. Quote from HRH: “I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. 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. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”
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Today The Duke of Sussex met with families, children and young adults at @Ymcaenglandandwales in South Ealing as a continuation of his dedicated work in the mental health space. “There continues to be huge progress in smashing the stigma that surrounds mental health, but let’s keep normalising the conversation. Let’s keep reminding each other that it’s okay to not be okay, and to listen to each other. After all, how we think determines how we act, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves and those around us.” -The Duke of Sussex. It takes courage, strength and honesty, but talking through your mental health issues often becomes the key to dealing with them. Just like physical exercise, which we all know is good for us; we have to care for our minds as much as we do for our bodies. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It is a part of all of us. Have an unashamed conversation on how you feel, be empowered to share your story and you will see you are not alone. For more information visit @heads_together. Photo credit: Royal Communications / PA
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.