SELF – Prince William’s Right: We All Struggle with Mental Health Sometimes

Yes, we all struggle with mental health sometimes. And in the war against mental health stigma, Prince William has waged the latest battle cry. In a speech given to key health journalists in London kicking off Children’s Mental Health Week, he called for more awareness and less shame around the struggle with mental health. He noted we all struggle with mental health from time to time, adding that stigma need not be a barrier for help.

I couldn’t agree more, and was delighted to help with another great SELF article on why this is important and how to know the difference between ‘normal’ mental health, and when it’s time to seek help.

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Licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., says that everyone suffers from mental health issues like anxiety, sadness, and a bad mood on occasion. “When these experiences don’t impact your ability to carry out your daily obligations and responsibilities, they are considered ‘normal,’ ” she explains to SELF. “When symptoms get in the way of living your life, this is a sign of something bigger going on.”

It’s time to seek help if you experience difficulty sleeping, eating, concentrating, or finding joy in otherwise joyful things, Clark says, adding that treatments to help are “readily available and effective.” Whatever you do, don’t put off visiting a mental health professional, even if you’re not sure you need to. “When in doubt, reach out,” Rego says.

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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD