You’ve probably heard of Royal Family’s new campaign called Heads Together by now. If not, it’s an organization that wants to spread the word about the importance of mental health. BBC recently reported on an event hosted by Prince Harry where he not only spoke about his regrets towards not seeking help for when his mother died, but others spoke about their mental health struggles as well. Specifically, Iwan Thomas–famous 400m winner that faced a career ruining injury–spoke about coping with depression during his difficult times.

A story of coping with depression

“I kept trying and trying, thinking ‘one more season, I can get back’, that’s all I wanted to do was get back to where I wanted to be, then quit, and I never got back.” –Iwan Thomas

After a slew of injuries, Iwan Thomas’ career in sprinting ended. He spoke about having to learn ways for coping with depression and that now he could be happy again. He also agreed that the many athletes and celebrities coming forward with their own stories of coping with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues has made it easier to seek help.

Iwan Thomas isn’t the only one

So many people struggle with mental health issues. Nearly 1 in 5 individuals will struggle with a mental health issue at some point in their lives–how many times can we repeat that it’s not rare? Many people that struggle with mental health issues are too embarrassed or scared to seek out help because of the stigma attached to it.
With further support from the global community, more people will begin seeking out ways for coping with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental illnesses. When people like Prince Harry and Iwan Thomas step forward and describe their own struggles with mental health, it helps other struggling individuals gain the courage to look for support and aid. As the Heads Together campaign is trying to make clear, mental health is just as important as physical health.

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