Letter: Talking about one’s mental health should elicit help, not insults

Editor:

People may not realize that comments posted on Facebook may be negatively affecting their own loved ones.

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I never comment on news articles, but some of the responses to the Oprah Winfrey interview of Prince Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle really got under my skin. I am absolutely appalled at some of the comments people are making. 

This was especially difficult to read on the day after the interview — March 8, which happened to be International Women’s Day.

Markle stepped into a life and a role because she loves her husband. Given her background of being an independent woman, her independence was cut in half or more in her new role. Things were not as expected for her and her mental health drastically declined.

She and her husband made a choice for themselves to live a healthy lifestyle outside the royal family, but there was no way for them to exit without public knowledge or tabloid coverage.

The interview and subsequent comments touched on many subjects, including the issue of titles, security and racism. But the comments from the public regarding mental health are what prompted me to write.

Simply talking about one’s mental health should be enough to elicit help and respect, which is what Markle and her husband fought for and are working at achieving.

Markle isn’t going to see all the nasty comments from people posted online, saying they don’t believe she is suicidal and that she had this all planned and that she is doing this for attention.

However, friends and family of those posting such insensitive comments may see the comments. Those friends and family may be struggling with their own mental health and they may not look for the support they need after reading such comments.

We need to think hard about that. All we need to do is be kind.

Anybody struggling with their mental health can call on me for support.

Kimberly Mackay

Kamloops

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