The shocking Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stunned many viewers and loyal followers of the British royal family. In her raw and honest one-on-one interview, the candor Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, truly opened the door for many people suffering from mental illness, especially those suffering from the obstacles witnessed in 2020. Conversations about mental health have only just increased in recent decades, and this worldwide interview heightened the need to have such conversations with family, friends, and strangers.
In the interview with Oprah, Markle admitted to having suicidal thoughts during her last months of pregnancy with her now one-year-old son Archie. She discussed having tough moments of self-harm and attempted to receive help from the family, or “the institution,” as the couple continued to call them.
While the Sussexes used harsh words to explain how the press have treated them since their courtship, it was most disturbing to hear how they were treated by members of their own families. Markle mentioned that receiving outside help for her health was “not a conversation to be had.”
Although the world has seen an increase in anxiety and depression across all age groups, mental health continues to be a taboo conversation that carries a social stigma and prevents individuals from seeking help. Because of negative attitudes towards the mental health crisis, individuals experiencing poor mental health often feel…