Schoolchildren to receive NHS mental healthcare after Princes William and Harry speak out

Schoolchildren to receive NHS mental health care, after Prince Harry spoke out about counselling

Prince Harry spoke out about seeking counselling

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Schoolchildren are to be given improved access to NHS mental health care, after Princes William and Harry spoke out.

Prince Harry said he went through two years of "total chaos" in his late twenties due to the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, while his brother called for an end to the "stiff upper lip" culture.

Theresa May has praised Harry for speaking out about his trauma, claiming it will help "smash the stigma" around mental illness, and plans are now being considered to place NHS mental health workers in secondary schools on a full-time basis, The Telegraph said.

The plans will be unveiled on a green paper about young people and mental health, set to be published later this year.

Ministers want to "normalise" talk about mental health within schools, as anxiety and depression has risen by 70% in the past 25 years in teenagers.

Both Princes and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are leading charity Heads Together, which promotes good mental health.