The Archbishop of Canterbury recently thanked The Duke of Cambridge for helping him pull through with his latest battle of depression. Archbishop, Justin Welby said that Prince William “encouraged him to seek help” and that the subsequent help he did receive was “very effective.”
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Justin Welby commented, “I am deeply grateful to His Royal Highness for speaking publicly about mental health and hope it might encourage others who are suffering alone to seek help and support. It encouraged me to seek help when I was struggling, help that was effective.”
The Archbishop has had his own struggles in life – he is the son of two alcoholics and suffered the loss of his seven month old daughter in a car crash. Justin Welby has publicly acknowledged his own struggles with mental health in the past.
The Archbishop of Canterbury added, “You turn inwards on yourself a lot. You become, frankly, narcissistic. And when you have good family or friends who spot it, they can say “might it not be an idea to talk to someone.” Which I did. There is nothing pathetic about it. It is no more pathetic than being ill in any other way. And we just need to get over that.”
Both The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken a lot recently about the issue of mental health. Prince William recently spoke on the Church’s online weekly service and has also spoken in a documentary due to be broadcast on BBC One on Thursday 28th May.
In this documentary, Prince William says that becoming a parent brought back memories of when his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.