Meghan and Prince Harry took part in the popular Teenage Therapy podcast to mark World Mental Health Day. While discussing how COVID-19 has impacted the world and brought people with mental health issues closer together in their experiences, Meghan spoke about the impact the online world can have on life. real.
“Yes, it’s a great way to connect, but it also ends up being a place where there is a lot of disconnection. ”
Meghan went on to explain that she had become the target of trolls in 2019.
Opening up on the impact that online hate can have on people, the Duchess continued: ‘I can speak personally too, I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the world – male or female .
“Now, eight months later, I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave with the baby.
“But what could have been manufactured and produced is almost insurvable, it’s so big you can’t even think what it looks like.
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“I don’t care whether you’re 15 or 25, if people say things that aren’t true about you, what it does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.
“So from my perspective and for the work we do is that from my personal experience and being able to talk to people and understand that although our experience is unique to us and can obviously seem very different from what people can experience day by day is still a human experience and it is universal.
“We all know what it’s like to have our feelings hurt, we all know what it’s like to be isolated, and I think that’s why the work you do here is so important.
Meghan and Prince Harry recorded this 30-minute conversation with the podcast hosts earlier this week at their home in Santa Barbara.
A photo taken during the recording shows the teenagers sitting on a sofa opposite the Sussexes.
All the participants in this special meeting wore masks.
The podcast typically features five students from Loara High School in Anaheim, Orange County.
During their episodes, these teens open up candidly about mental health, touching on a range of topics such as family, death, sexuality, and school.
Meghan and Harry said they first heard about the podcast after reading the profile of its young host in a New York Times article.
This podcast is part of Prince Harry’s long-standing commitment to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
The Duke of Sussex, who bravely opened up about his own mental well-being three years ago on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, worked alongside Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William on a series of initiatives to promote conversations about mental health. .
In 2016, the trio launched Heads Together.
After the Duchess of Sussex joined the Royal Foundation, the four royals worked together on a 24/7 helpline called Shout.
Meghan and Harry are now likely to continue this mental wellness focused work through their yet to be launched organization, the Archewell Foundation.