Prince Harry says we must stop handing out pills to cure all ills as he criticises how doctors treat depression
Prince Harry says we must stop handing out pills to cure all ills as he criticises how doctors treat depression.
- Prince was speaking before opening of Invictus Games for wounded veterans
- He called for ‘a better way’ to tackle mental health rather than handing out pills
Speaking before the opening of the Invictus Games for wounded veterans, he called for ‘a better way’ to tackle mental health
Prince Harry last night attacked Britain’s pill-popping culture which he said dominates doctors’ approach to depression.
Speaking before the opening of the Invictus Games for wounded veterans, he called for ‘a better way’ to tackle mental health.
He told doctors at a pioneering mental health clinic: ‘It seems we suffer from a culture where a pill will fix everything. There has to be a better way than just giving out anti-depressants.’
Today, The Mail on Sunday also reveals how the Princes’ mother was ‘dosed with anti-depressants’ because physicians thought she was suffering from an obscure mental condition.
Harry said: ‘There were 65 million [anti-depressants] given out in one year in the UK alone. That’s why I look to you guys in this room. Everyone is uniquely wired is what I keep saying. There is no one silver bullet, no one cure for everyone.’
The centre is a world leader in treating psychological conditions and the Prince hopes to take lessons from there back to the UK.
Harry has been praised for his work in raising the issue of mental health alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as candidly admitting his own problems in the past.
He told the group: ‘Everyone is doing their bit just trying to normalise it so people can seek help without judgment.’
Gloria Chaim, of the child, youth and family programme at CAMH, said meeting Harry reminded her of a visit by his mother 26 years ago. ‘It was really inspiring when I met Princess Diana in 1991 – especially when mental health was this taboo subject.
‘With Harry there today, it felt like he was carrying on her legacy and continuing a conversation she started many years ago.’
The visit came just hours before the Prince opened the third Invictus contest which has brought wounded athletes from 17 nations to Canada in an eight-day event.