Prince Harry talks about normalizing mental health in a podcast

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Having just returned to the United States after the success of the fifth competition of the Invictus Games, Prince Harry continues the conversation about injuries and mental health.

In a new podcast episode from LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Masters of the scale, Harry spoke about the differences between mental health taboos in America and the UK, and why there needs to be more of a focus on mental health aptitude.

“You talk about it here in California, ‘I’m going to have my therapist call your therapist.’ Whereas in the UK it’s like, ‘Therapist? What therapist? What therapist? I don’t have a therapist. We often talk about the importance of investing in the mental health and resilience of future entrepreneurs. .

Speaking alongside Alexi Robichaux, CEO of career coaching platform BetterUp, Harry also spoke about the importance of changing the language and mindset around mental illness to help people on their journey to the restoring.

“Why do we keep calling it ‘PTSD?’ Why do we keep calling it a ‘trouble’? If you’re going to turn around and call someone a ‘trouble’, they’re screwed for the rest of their life,” he said. “Why don’t we call it ‘PTSI?’ It should be an injury. And if you tell someone they have an injury, then guess what they’re going to do? They’re going to try to improve.”

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It’s one of the many reasons the Duke of Sussex co-founded the Invictus Games, which was attended by more than 100,000 people in the Netherlands earlier this month. “For me, part of organizing Invictus has been an opportunity to use my influence, my platform and my ability to come together to be able to find a cure not only for the individual, but also for families. “, did he declare. “We got thousands of emails. People were literally saying, ‘I’ve had my back broken for three years. I couldn’t get up off the couch until I saw a double amputee run the 100 yards. “thank you for the inspiration. Now I’m getting off my couch and now I’m going to break life.””

He continued: “That’s the power of sport. It literally has the ability to completely transform an individual.”

The Duke has served as BetterUp’s Chief Impact Officer since March 2021, a role that has allowed him to contribute meaningfully to company initiatives and get involved in product strategy. Using its professional tools, Harry said the company aims to turn “a whole conversation” about mental illness into one about mental fitness.

“The role of Impact Manager for me at BetterUp is 100% about driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness – 99.9% of people on planet Earth suffer from some form of loss, trauma or grief,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, but the majority of us have been through a lot of that in our younger years; therefore, we have forgotten about it. Now the body doesn’t forget, the body holds the score , as we know. And so, just as much as there’s a mental health aspect, there’s also an emotional aspect. And I think the more we can talk about it, the more we understand it. The more we understand it, well, the more we understand each other.”

He continued, “The mental fitness, as far as I know, is more about putting yourself forward. What can you do to be proactive, to prevent the situation from happening?”

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