Prince Harry has brought his outspoken stance on mental health care across the pond, confronting the negative stereotypes that plague veterans with mental health conditions.
“The stigma surrounding it is a massive issue,” he said. “I want to re-emphasize the point to people that [mental illness] is not a ticking time bomb.”
In an interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, the prince discussed the Invictus Games, an event he hosts for wounded veterans. Launched in 2014 as a way to create awareness and inclusion for military members and their families, this year’s games will be in Orlando in May.
As a former soldier with time in combat, veteran health is an issue near and dear to Harry’s heart. An estimated 20 percent of Iraq war veterans suffer from PTSD and 22 veterans each day take their own lives in America alone.
“Psychological illnesses can be fixed if sorted out early enough,” he told Roberts. “We’ve got to keep the issue at the forefront of people’s minds … just talking about it makes all the difference.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 17, 2016
Well done, Harry. You nailed it!