Prince Harry addresses teen struggles
August 5, 2016

Through adolescence, it’s normal to go through common teen struggles. As a teen, it can be difficult to discuss our emotions or express ourselves, teens haven’t fully developed a strong understanding of their self-identity yet. Teens are infamous for keeping their feelings bottled up, letting them build and build until–much like a volcano–they erupt. In a recent article by The Guardian, Prince Harry spoke about his regrets surrounding not opening up about his mother’s–Princess Diana–death earlier. She died in a car crash when he was 12 years old, but only 3 years ago did he actually begin to speak about it.

Any of us can have mental health issues

“The key message here today is that everyone can suffer from mental health. Whether you are a member of the royal family, whether you are a soldier, whether you are a sports star, whether you are a team sport, individual sport, whether you are a white van driver, whether you’re a mother, father, a child, it doesn’t really matter.” –Prince Harry

After leaving the army, Prince Harry decided to take on the stigma of mental health issues and shatter it. He founded the Invictus Games, which is for men and women injured in service. His idea was based off of the thought that these men and women are often ignored, not just their physical struggles, but their mental struggles as well. By creating the Invictus Games, it gave those wounded a chance to be celebrated by society and acknowledge by all.

Prince Harry’s new campaign for mental health awareness is Heads Together–which he, Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge run together. The point of Heads Together is not only to create a greater awareness among the public, but also to inspire those with adult and teen struggles in mental health to come forward for treatment. Without good mental health, there is no way to maintain physical health, the Royal Family is trying to educate everyone about how connected the two are, and the importance of maintaining one to achieve the other.

Finding treatment for your child

You’re not alone in this. It may feel like the world is against you and your child’s mental health issues, but there are options for your family. If you truly believe your teen struggles with mental health issues, it’s extremely important to seek out a professional for guidance on what steps to take next.

For more information about working with your teen through teen struggles, check out Solstice East.

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18.

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