Prince Harry just opened up about experiencing panic attacks

Continuing to shed the stigma around mental health…

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Continuing to shed the stigma around mental health

Prince Harry has been starting national conversations on mental health this year, spearheading the Heads Together campaign alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to end the stigma around it.

In the past few months, the 32-year-old prince has opened up about losing his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12-years-old, explaining how he dealt with his feelings and encouraging others to seek help.

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‘I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well’ he explained.

‘I’ve spent most of my life saying “I’m fine”’ he explained, ‘and most of us aren’t up for going that deep.’

He continued: ‘My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?’

In a recent interview with Forces TV, Prince Harry explained how he suffered panic attacks following the death of his mother, encouraging others to seek support.

‘You can tell the signs in people. Every single time I was in any room with loads of people which is quite often, just pouring with sweat, heart beating bop, bop, bop, bop – literally like a washing machine – just like “oh my god get me out of here now. Oh hang on I can’t get out of here – I’ve got to just hide it."’

Jenny Proudfoot
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