Prince Harry discussed the dangers of social media as he spoke about young people and their mental health during a royal visit Wednesday.
Harry made an appearance at the YMCA in South Ealing, London, where he met with representatives from different charities.
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Today The Duke of Sussex met with families, children and young adults at @Ymcaenglandandwales in South Ealing as a continuation of his dedicated work in the mental health space. “There continues to be huge progress in smashing the stigma that surrounds mental health, but let’s keep normalising the conversation. Let’s keep reminding each other that it’s okay to not be okay, and to listen to each other. After all, how we think determines how we act, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves and those around us.” -The Duke of Sussex. It takes courage, strength and honesty, but talking through your mental health issues often becomes the key to dealing with them. Just like physical exercise, which we all know is good for us; we have to care for our minds as much as we do for our bodies. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It is a part of all of us. Have an unashamed conversation on how you feel, be empowered to share your story and you will see you are not alone. For more information visit @heads_together. Photo credit: Royal Communications / PA
He explained, “There’s too much negativity surrounding mental health and it must be so hard for young people to talk about it.
“Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, and it’s more dangerous because it’s normalized and there are no restrictions to it.
“We are in quite a mind-altering time, but quite an exciting time, because everyone in this room has the opportunity to make a real difference,” he added, according to the Metro.
The event was organized by Heads Together, which is a mental health organization headed by Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Prince William.
Harry then said of the game Fortnite, “A game like Fortnite, for instance, may not be so good for children. Parents have got their hands up; they don’t know what to do about it.
“It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down. Fortnite shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit in having that game in your household?
“It’s created to addict – an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”