Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry have teamed up to spread awareness about mental health.
The pair has revealed that they both have been working together for months to create and produce the multi-part project that will air on Apple’s new streaming service.
“I truly believe that good mental health- mental fitness- is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,” the Prince said in a statement released Wednesday by the Kensington Palace.
The project, although unnamed at this point is a continuation of the work that both Oprah and Prince Harry have done in order to bring attention to various issues affecting our world today. When speaking about how the project came to be Oprah said, “I asked the question, ‘what do you think are the most important issues facing the world right now,’ and he said there are two. Climate change and mental wellness, mental fitness and mental health.”
The subject of mental health has been at the forefront lately with more and more people realizing the importance of taking care of oneself.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year while 1 in 5 teens also experience the same types of mental illness in a year. Stats like this have given figures like Prince Harry and Oprah a mantel to use their own personal experiences to help spread awareness to this big issue across the globe.
It is high time for us all to make mental health awareness a normal conversation in society. With more celebrities speaking out to bring awareness, more people may feel comfortable to come forward and speak on their personal issues and even seek help.
We thank public figures like Oprah and Prince Harry for making a difference through their upcoming docuseries, and we hope more will follow.
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