The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Prince Harry, explained to teen podcast how she struggled with being trolled on the internet, which many teens regularly face, especially during this coronavirus pandemic isolated many people.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world-male or female,” she said during an interview section with her husband, Prince Harry, to Teenage Therapy Podcast to help raise awareness for the World Mental Health Day, Saturday.
“Now, eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby, but what was able just to be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable. That’s so big you can’t even think about what that feels like because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25 if people are saying things about you that aren’t true what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
Teenage Therapy Podcast is a program by a group of five teenage friends based in California, in honor of the World Mental Health Day.
The group posted on their Instagram account, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with us for a conversation about prioritizing mental health, removing the stigma around the issue, and how we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally, holistically,” according to a post on the group’s Instagram account.
“We cannot emphasize enough how honored we are to be able to bring you this important conversation. We hope you enjoy it and find something you can apply to your own life. Take care of yourself; you deserve to be loved.”
In a picture in the group’s social media account, the couple could be seen sitting down with the teens in person to record the episode. They were all seen wearing masks. Megan spoke about online bullying and isolation. “Even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different to what people experience on the day to day, it’s still a human experience, and that’s universal.
“We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt. We all know what it feels like to be isolated or othered. And I think that’s why the work you guys are doing here is so important … that people know there’s someone to talk to. You’re not alone in any of it. We’re all figuring it out.”
Prince Harry said that being vulnerable is not a weakness, but it’s a sign of strength and how important it is to talk about experiences. “It’s very easy to be sucked in and consumed by negativity, but we all have a choice to be able to cut that out of our lives. Hate-following has become a thing. We don’t need to do that … for me, I made the choice not to read it, not to see it, and to remove myself from that and to very much focus on the uplifting and hopeful side, which most of that I get from your generation.” He added that meditation also helps him.
According to the World Health Organization, 10 October every year, “World Mental Health Day is observed; the objective is raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.”
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